Jackie McNamara has suggested that Mark Allen failed to offload players surplus to requirements at Rangers after leaving his role as Director of Football at Ibrox.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Scotland international said it was difficult to say whether the senior figure was completely successful in his role, highlighting the number of players who remained at the club but out of Steven Gerrard’s first-team plans.

Rangers confirmed last week that Allen was leaving his post at Ibrox, citing family reasons as the main factor in his decision to step down.

McNamara says that it would be tough to call his time at the Light Blues a total success, suggesting he struggled to get players out the door while trying to recruit new talent for Gerrard.

McNamara told Football Insider: “I wouldn’t have thought it would be a massive worry for them, they should be able to cope with the players they’ve got in until whoever comes in and takes his job.

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“(Has he been a success?) Hmm, that’s a tough one. I don’t know to be honest, I don’t know how you’d measure it, the players he’s been responsible for they’ve. There’s a lot of players that they’re maybe trying to get out that they’ve not managed to get out.

“It depends on what his remit is when it comes to getting players in and out. They’ve got players in with and without spending a lot of money, guys like Ryan Kent. There have been a lot of free transfers.

“Spent a bit of money on (Borna) Barisic, (Nikola) Katic, (Eros) Grezda – mixed results. The job as well to get players out the club which is difficult as well.”


Allen joined the backroom team at Ibrox back in 2017 and played a big part in the Light Blues’ recruitment plans during his time in Glasgow.

The statement released by Rangers also heralds him for his involvement in improving the club’s training facilities.

In other Rangers news, a “devastated” Alan Hutton has suggested to Football Insider that Steven Gerrard made a blunder after a “nightmare” development at Ibrox.