Kenny Dalglish: This is how Rangers can reap dividends of revamped manager set-up
By Harvey Byrne
Former Celtic player and manager Kenny Dalglish believes Rangers must identify what is the best way for them if they are to be a success once again.
The 54-time Premiership winners are currently on the lookout for a director of football alongside a new manager as the Ibrox giants plan a restructure of their management after Mark Warburton’s departure in February.
Now, Dalglish, who was the director of football at fierce rivals Celtic for just one year between 1999 and 2000 believes if the Gers were to go down that route then it must be clear that the senior job is separate from the manager’s.
In the past a number of directors of football have been criticised for getting too involved in the manager’s tasks and Dalglish has told that can’t happen for Rangers, while touching on his relationship with John Barnes when the two were working the roles at Celtic.
“I really enjoyed it at Celtic. The set-up was fantastic through the youths and up into the reserves, who were really strong, and I’d like to think it worked in a similar way to how I’m saying it should work,” said Dalglish, as quoted by the Daily Record.
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“Everybody would wish it had worked a lot better but that wasn’t because there was a problem with my role or John’s role – everybody knew exactly where they stood and that’s important.
“It doesn’t matter what your roles are, if there’s no trust you’re going to be in trouble.
“The director of football role won’t suit every club. Perhaps financially they can’t afford it, maybe they don’t know how to distribute the respective workloads. They might be scared of it, but I don’t see any reason to be afraid.
“Rangers must put in place what is going to be best and most helpful for them. Whatever position someone is put in, they’ve all got their jobs to do. That’s why Celtic have been successful.
“But you can’t have a director of football picking the team and nor can you have a manager telling the director of football how much he has to spend. Do your own job.”
Rangers are currently placed in third in Scotland’s top flight with a huge 33 points separating them from Celtic.
However, they can close that gap and put an end to the Hoops’ unbeaten run with a victory at Celtic Park on Sunday afternoon.
The Gers fan base will also be hoping a new manager and director will be put in place soon as they aim for a second placed finish.
In other Rangers news, this number one Gers target has reportedly quit his club.