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Mark Allen must not repeat Rangers mistakes of Warburton and Caixinha in summer


Rangers were undoubtedly one of the most successful sides in the January transfer window after manager Graeme Murty and director of football Mark Allen overhauled the squad they inherited from Pedro Caixinha in October – but Allen needs to make sure he gets it right again in the summer or the club could go backwards.

The Light Blues brought in five new faces to the first-team squad with Russell Martin, Sean Goss, Greg Docherty, Jamie Murphy and Jason Cummings all arriving in January.

Only Docherty was signed on a permanent deal, although the Gers have agreements in place for Murphy and Cummings to join permanently in the summer, and there will likely be a further influx of new faces in the summer.

With a high turnover of players likely, Allen can’t afford the type of transfer window mistakes that proved to be the beginning of the end for Mark Warburton or try and bring a host of players in who have no knowledge of the Scottish game like Caixinha did.

So far, the former Man City youth chief has got it spot on in the transfer market with Murty but with the Gers getting closer to rivals Celtic, it’s a sure thing they will spend big to try re-open the gap between the sides –  just as they did when they binned Ronny Deila and opened up the chequebook to hire Brendan Rodgers when the Gers won promotion back to the Scottish Premiership in 2016.

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If he can pull off another window like January’s, the Gers’ director of football will have given the Ibrox giants the best possible chance of title success next season.

In other Rangers news, this Premier League playmaker wanted a future at Ibrox in 2011 and this summer is his chance to realise that dream.

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