Rangers announced his departure from Ibrox on Friday.
Former Rangers Director of Football Mark Allen left Ibrox in part due to his failure to move on ‘deadwood’ at the club this summer, according to a weekend report in The Scottish Daily Mail (14/09 print edition, back page).
The club had announced on Friday, via their official website, that the departure was because ‘family reasons’ and the fact he wanted pursue other opportunities.
However, Saturday’s report from journalist Stephen McGowan states that Rangers were unhappy with Allen’s ‘failure to shift more deadwood from the playing squad over the summer’ and had become aware of ‘tensions behind the scenes’.
Players who are not in Steven Gerrard’s plans, such as Eros Grezda, remain at the club.
There were also no suitors for former first-team stars like Kyle Lafferty and Graham Dorrans, both of whom left after a mutual termination of their contracts, likely at expense to the club.
Allen should be remembered as a figure who mostly brought positive change to Rangers since being appointed in 2017.
There have definitely been missteps, but once he fully took control of proceedings and started to work with Steven Gerrard it became clear that the club were delivering on a clear strategy.
Signing up the best talents from other teams in the Scottish Premiership and bringing others up from England, Allen and Gerrard have built a hungry squad who know what it means to perform for the Ibrox club.
He did it on a strict budget too, comparative to Celtic, adding players such as Joe Aribo and Glen Kamara for a modest outlay.
The Gers may not be the finished product and Allen shouldn’t get all the credit for their progress over the last 18 months, but he did play his part.
His successor has a big job ahead of them still if the club are to finally deliver silverware for expectant supporters.