Paul Murray admits Rangers could hire a Director of Football

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King has admitted that a Director of Football is something that Rangers could appoint this summer.

Speaking to the Evening Times, Rangers director Paul Murray confirmed that the Light Blues are interested in hiring a director of football this summer, having been impressed by the English clubs who have such a system.

He said: “In my time as chairman, I've spent a good bit of time looking at other clubs. Most clubs with aspirations to play in the Champions League have a director of football or technical director.

“We are looking at it. It could be part of our plan going forward.”

This would certainly represent a progressive move by the club, and show aspirations that they intend to be taken seriously in the search for a return to the top of Scottish football.

The director of football has a rather strange reputation in Britain, with many clubs still favouring a traditional manager in charge.

However, in recent years, big clubs have switched to the more continental model with great success - such as Chelsea and Southampton - whilst the likes of Brentford and Watford have proven that this approach can work in lower divisions.

Rangers still have not confirmed whom their manager will be next term, although in such a system he is sure to be a head coach. Stuart McCall is surely deserving of a chance if he oversees promotion through the play-offs, but even then he may not be willing to cede some of his power to a more senior figure in the management staff.

Hiring a director of football will show that Rangers are keen to be taken seriously, and are putting the money and time in to focus upon improving the club on the field of play.

McCall may not want to stay at Ibrox if such a system is introduced, but if the club can find a manager and director of football to work in tandem with one another, then it is sure to start a successful era for Scottish giants.

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