Ibrox Sources: Dave King sets aside major Rangers cash pot for 'top operator'

By Wayne Veysey

Rangers will set aside a lucrative six-figure salary to entice the successor to departing recruitment chief Mark Allen, Football Insider understands.

The Glasgow giants released a statement last night announcing that Allen has tendered his resignation as director of football after just over two years with the club.

Ibrox sources have told Football Insider that the club will immediately begin the search for a replacement for the ex-Manchester City academy chief.

Chairman Dave King and the board want a “top operator” to take over from Allen and have set aside a major cash pot to get their man.

Managing director Stewart Robertson, who earns more than £300,000-a-year, will lead the search for a new director of football with proven experience, top-level contacts and an eye for talent.

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Allen is regarded by Rangers chiefs as a difficult man to replace after playing a major role in overhauling the club’s recruitment set-up at senior and youth-team levels.

He will be remembered for persuading Steven Gerrard to take over as manager last year in what was a remarkable coup that has played a major role in enabling the club to attract higher quality players.

Allen’s announced exit comes less than a fortnight after the £7.5million signing of Ryan Kent, the second biggest in the club’s history and their most significant outlay in nearly two decades.

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