Rangers head of recruitment McParland explains how Liverpool signed Raheem Sterling

Raheem Sterling

Rangers man McParland played a key role in bringing Sterling to Liverpool.

Rangers hired McParland earlier this season as head of recruitment, and he has explained to the official club YouTube channel how he tempted Raheem Sterling to Anfield when he was chief scout for Liverpool.

The former Liverpool man said: “That was a hard one at the time, as there were a lot of clubs that wanted him. To get him to the club, we had to offer him a place that he liked and had to feel comfortable. The biggest thing that a young player wants is a path to the first-team.”

Sterling was highly rated as a young teenager, but Liverpool managed to secure his signature ahead of a number of other teams who wanted him.

He was signed from QPR for a large fee, as well as a sizeable sell-on percentage, but it was Liverpool who helped him develop from talented youngster to Premier League star.

He was sold to Manchester City over the summer for a fee totalling £50 million, with McParland taking much of the credit for the signing.

The now-Rangers man has explained how Sterling was tempted to Anfield ahead of all the other teams who wanted him, claiming that he had to make Merseyside feel like a ‘comfortable’ place for the youngster.

It was not simply about bringing Sterling in, but it was making sure that he came into an environment which would ensure he could develop to the best of his abilities.

However, most importantly, McParland has admitted that it is the path to the first-team which is vital for any young player, and Sterling was assured of that when he came to Anfield.

He made his debut as a 17-year-old, and had made 129 appearances for the Reds before leaving over the summer, and he has still not yet reached the 21-year-old mark.

Now it is up to McParland to find the next Sterling and bring him to Rangers.

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