Rangers’ drawn-out pursuit of a director of football has finally, mercifully, reached its conclusion.
According to the BBC, the Glasgow giants have appointed Manchester City’s academy chied Mark Allen at Ibrox with managing director Stewart Robinson highlighting his extensive contacts as a major reason behind their choice.
And Allen’s arrival could certainly give Rangers a boost in the transfer market. The 54-year-old spent seven years at The Etihad, overseeing the club’s youth set up, and played a major role in the foundation of the £200m City academy complex.
Therefore, it’s not beyond the realms of possibility that Allen could put his contacts to good affect and encourage City to use Rangers as a launch pad for some of their brightest young talents.
Pep Guardiola’s side have already benefitted from farming fresh-faced talents out to Dutch side NAC Breda and the Ibrox giants, who are hardly awash with disposable funds, could benefit from a similar arrangement.
And you wonder if this could give them the advantage if Manchester City let Jadon Sancho leave on loan this summer. The 17-year-old, who The Sun claimed was a target for Old Firm rivals Celtic, is viewed by City as one of England's next attacking superstars and they are determined to tie him down to a long-term deal.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is understood to rate Sancho highly
The teenager is far away from making his mark in Guardiola’s first team but his performances for the club’s reserves suggest regular minutes at senior level could take his development to the next level.
And Allen knows Sancho well having watching his impressive progression in the state-of-the-art academy. Therefore, he could make an early impression at Ibrox by putting the highly-rated attacker within Rangers' reach this summer.
Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha should benefit from Allen's contacts