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Why Rangers need a permanent manager as soon as possible

Any further stalling could be detrimental to Rangers next season.

It has been reported in the Daily Record that Rangers are in no rush to appoint a permanent manager, but this decision could have serious knock-on effects going into next season.

Stuart McCall currently has the Gers on an upward trajectory with consecutive wins against Hibernian and Cowdenbeath and the winning streak could continue against Hearts on Sunday at Ibrox.

Despite the team's recent upturn in form, a permanent manager needs to be appointed, or there could be serious repercussions come next season with various on-field decisions still to be made with regards to the future of the 12 out-of-contract players and any incoming players at Ibrox.

Regardless of who is appointed and what league they will be managing in, Rangers need a man who has experience and can sell his vision for the club to any potential newcomers.

The Light Blues used to be able to offer almost guaranteed European football, league titles and cup final victories, but those days have been resigned to history and the way they attract players needs to change.

Gone are the days when Rangers can cherry-pick the best players from opposing teams, just like they did with Kris Boyd and Steven Naismith, and exactly as Celtic did in January with Stuart Armstrong and Gary Mackay-Steven.

The recruitment policy of bringing back Rangers old boys in the shape of Kenny Miller and Boyd can't continue because the Gers have to look forward and blood some of their young talent whilst bringing in the right experienced players to supports the likes of Andy Murdoch and Tom Walsh.

The loan market is the obvious way to go and can be effective, Haris Vuckic has proved that, but business has to be done properly unlike the situation with Vuckic's Newcastle teammates and the £500,000 promotion clause that continues to haunt to Rangers.

Deciding who to bring into the team all depends of what system the manager is looking to play, what kind of player he likes, or what specific players have been brought to his attention by his scouting network.

All these things come with a season's worth of work and precision only comes about by watching a player several times and obtaining different opinions.

The Gers won't have the luxury of this and any further hesitation could see them miss out on players to clubs who are more prepared, more stable and have a strong figure in charge of the team.

If McCall does take the Gers back to Scottish football's top flight then it is hard to think he won't be offered the job going forward because the team doesn't need any more upheaval, with stability and a clear sense of direction key to building a successful side.

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