Rangers director football Mark Allen believes he’s in a “significantly better” position than last summer to understand what he needs to do to be a success at Ibrox – as he celebrates a year since being appointed by the Ibrox giants.
The former Manchester City youth chief moved to Ibrox last year but admitted that when he arrived last summer the Gers’ transfer business was “pretty much done.”
After helping new manager Steven Gerrard recruit six new faces this summer already, Allen revealed that this summer is the first real chance he has had to “establish what (Rangers) need.”
“I wouldn’t say it was bigger than I expected because I didn’t underestimate the task,” Allen said, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“But I’m in a significantly better place this year just in terms of having a clearer understanding – the game here, the different types of venues, the different types of surfaces, etc.
“I’m better armed with all of those things this year than I was last year.
“I came in right at the tail-end of last summer’s transfer window.
“It was pretty much done and, historically, the January transfer window is never the greatest. So this is the first proper transfer window, one where we’ve had a really good chance to establish what we need.”
Football Insider verdict:
Allen has largely impressed since joining the Light Blues from Manchester City last summer and fans will be hoping he can build on his impressive start. The Welshman has come in for some stick for keeping a low profile but its refreshing to see the Gers making strides in getting their recruitment team improved and Allen has been a driving force behind that. He appears to be forming a solid relationship with Steven Gerrard, which can only bode well for the Light Blues, and the Gers boss is quick to emphasis Allen’s importance in interviews. With the Light Blues noticeably taking steps in the right direction – in no small part thanks to Allen – fans will be desperate to see the players he has identified and brought to the club push for major honours this season. Allen’s experience away from football with the likes of MTV is something the Gers should – and may very well – be looking to exploit.
In other Rangers transfer news, they are leading the hunt to sign an in-demand attacker from Liverpool.