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19th Mar, 2018 | 10:20am

Rangers chief faces transfer acid test in summer with rebuild on the cards

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Rangers director of football Mark Allen was the toast of Gers fans after his January transfer business helped the Light Blues turn their form around after the winter break – but the Ibrox recruitment chief faces the acid test of his abilities when the summer transfer window opens.

With an entire starting XI worth of players who could be on the chopping block this summer, Allen and manager Graeme Murty – or whoever takes the reins long-term – will likely have to undertake yet another massive rebuild of the Gers squad if they are to make a sustained challenge to Old Firm rivals Celtic for the Scottish Premiership title.

From veterans such as Kenny Miller and Bruno Alves who are nearing the end of their career to unmitigated transfer disasters like Michael O’Halloran and Eduardo Herrera, Allen’s phone is going to need to be white-hot over the summer to move on a raft of players from the bloated squad it Ibrox.

If Allen can clear the decks and whittle down the squad it should then give him a good opportunity to build on the impressive signings that were made in January and continue to improve the players at the manager’s disposal going into next season.

The Light Blues need quality additions in a number of positions across the squad – central defence in particular – and unless the Gers can get rid of some of the deadweight in the squad who are doing little more than hoovering up wages then Allen is going to find it incredibly difficult to give himself enough wiggle room to bring players in while carrying such a large squad.

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After this season’s European humiliation at the hands of Progres Niederkorn and the slow start the Gers made to the season, Allen has hopefully learned lessons from how the Gers went about their business last summer and avoids making the same mistakes that were made by Pedro Caixinha.

In other Rangers news, fans have demanded that the club signs this Old Firm scourge in the summer, claiming he is better than Celtic’s Olivier Ntcham.

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