Murty makes revelation about Rangers recruitment model, wants to emulate PL club
Rangers manager Graeme Murty has revealed he wants the Gers to follow the transfer model used by Premier League side Southampton after seeing them sell former Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk for £75m.
Murty – who began his coaching career as an Academy coach with the Saints – believes there are “lessons to be learned” from the way the south coast club go about their recruitment.
The 43-year-old Gers boss has been working with director of football Mark Allen to identify targets for the Ibrox side and insists the way Les Reed, Ross Wilson and their recruitment staff at St. Mary’s find players is a “fantastic thing.”
“We have been looking more at people who fit the parameters rather than me saying: ‘I want this guy, I know him from the past, I need this guy’. It is more me saying: ‘What do we have that fits these parameters? What are options one, two, three, four’. Then we go and narrow it down from there,” Murty said, as quoted by The Herald.
“That is the way I saw it done at Southampton. I really enjoyed watching those guys do their recruitment, not just on the football side, but also on the management side. I watched their black box working. It is a fantastic thing.
“I think there are lessons to be learned from that. Identifying positions, identifying characteristics and then narrowing it down from there is beneficial for everyone.
“Any time when you can identify talent and buy it cheap, bring it in, develop it and sell it high and put a sell-on clause in, it makes a good business model to me.”
Murty has already brought in QPR midfielder Sean Goss and Brighton winger Jamie Murphy on loan deals until the end of the season as he looks to rebuild the squad he inherited from Pedro Caixinha.
With as many as seven first-team players set to leave Ibrox this month, Murty can still do with a few more signings ahead of the second-half of the Scottish Premiership season and a crack at the Scottish Cup.
Murty is currently only in charge until the end of the season but could still earn the job on a permanent basis if he impresses the Gers hierarchy between now and the end of the season.
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