Rangers’ long search for a director of football appears to be finally nearing its conclusion. After being knocked back by Norwich City chief Stuart Webber and Southampton’s transfer guru Ross Wilson, the Scottish Sun claims that they have turned their attention towards Mark Allen.
And the Welshman would certainly arrive at Ibrox with plenty of pedigree. Allen played a major role in the establishment of the famed £150 million academy during his time as Manchester City’s Academy director – and is responsible for bringing through some of the nation’s most exciting talents.
Yet, even before the state-of-the-art centre opened, Allen was operating a reliable conveyor belt of teenage talents. And although Karim Rekik may not have made the grade at The Etihad, featuring just once for City in the league, the Dutchman is still one of Allen’s success stories.
Karim Rekik in his Manchester City days
Since leaving Manchester in 2014, Rekik has won the Eredivisie title with PSV Eindhoven, earned full international honours with The Netherlands and secured a marquee move to Marseille.
However, after featuring just eight times from the start in Ligue 1 last season, it appears that the 22-year-old is in need of a fresh start. And a reunion with Allen at Ibrox may make sense.
After all, the Daily Record claims that Rob Kiernan is likely to follow veteran Clint Hill out the door this summer.
Clint Hill has left on a free
And, despite recent additions of Fabio Cardoso from Vitoria Setubal and Portuguese veteran Bruno Alves, Rekik knows the British game and may require less of a bedding in period.
A classy and composed defender who has plenty of European experience from his time in Holland and France, Rekik could be the sort of player Rangers need to push on both domestically and on the continent next season.
Allen can start proving his worth straight away.