Rangers director of football Mark Allen will be “pivotal” to the Gers’ success and his departure from Manchester City will be the Premier League champions’ “loss” – according to the man helping him earn a Sporting Directorship Masters degree

Andy McIntyre is chairman of VSI, who run a Sporting Directorship Masters degree course at Salford University which the Gers senior man is enrolled on alongside the likes of former Dutch international Edgar Davids and Ashes-winning international cricketers Mathew Hoggard and Ashley Giles.

McIntyre thinks the success of City’s Academy shows that the loss of Allen will be “Rangers’ gain” as Steven Gerrard’s revolution kicks off.

“He doesn’t do anything unless it is part of a well thought out plan,” McIntyre said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.

“You only have to look at the success of the City Academy. He took them from humble beginnings at Platt Lane to the most extraordinary complex at the Etihad which is the envy of most clubs in Europe.

“He clearly was part of an impressive team, but he was the driving force.

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“But, for me, City’s loss is most certainly Rangers’ gain.

“The sporting director is pivotal to the success of the manager and with Mark at his side, Gerrard is in safe hands. Coaches come and go, but you need to have a constant in the sporting director. He is pivotal to the success of any club.”

Football Insider verdict

Allen has been quietly impressive as he goes about his business in the background and avoids putting himself front and centre constantly. Getting Steven Gerrard to Ibrox is an impressive bit of work by Allen and his signings have been well-received – even if they haven’t all been the most successful. This summer will be a big test of Allen’s abilities and whether or not he is as good as McIntyre claims or whether he is from the same school of football as former Gers boss Mark Warburton. After being at Ibrox for a little under a year now, Allen should be well established and have a good handle on what it is that needs done to take the Gers back to the top of Scottish football as well as leaving them in a good position for the future. If he keeps going as he has then there’s little reason to think Allen won’t be a success at Rangers long-term and prove to have been one of the most important hires at the club in years. 

In other Rangers news, with Celtic out of the way, the Gers must snap up this £3.5million-rated enforcer with bags of international and Champions League experience.

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