Rangers set sights on landing 'top operator' after blizzard of interest - Ibrox sources

By Wayne Veysey

Rangers have been inundated with applications for a new recruitment chief just three days after the shock exit of Mark Allen, Football Insider understands.

The Glasgow giants are set to scour the globe for a replacement for Allen, who resigned as director of football two years following his arrival from Manchester City.

Ibrox sources have told Football Insider that the club have already begun the search for a replacement for the ex-Manchester City academy chief as they begin the process of assessing viable candidates.

There is set to be considerable interest from those in the vacant post, with Football Insider revealing the Light Blues have set aside a considerable cash pot for a “top operator” who can lead the team’s recruitment operation.

There is set to be a focus on finding a replacement who has extensive knowledge of English and Scottish football as well as a contacts book and eye for talent that can help bring cut-price gems to the club.

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Allen and his team had a mixed transfer record but he is credited with persuading Steven Gerrard to cut his teeth in management in Glasgow as well as for overhauling a scouting and recruitment set-up at Ibrox that was in desperate need of modernisation.

Managing director Stewart Robertson, who earns more than £300,000-a-year, will lead the search for a new director of football armed with a six-figure cash pot.

Rangers enticed Allen from south of the border after being snubbed by Stuart Webber, the Norwich City sporting director whose reputation is sky-high after spearheading the club’s transformation.

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