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Kris Commons criticises Mark Allen's recruitment record at Rangers

General view outside the stadium prior to the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on September 01, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

The former Rangers Director of Football left Ibrox last week.

General view outside the stadium prior to the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on September 01, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Sky Sports pundit Kris Commons has slammed the record of former Rangers Director of Football Mark Allen in the wake of his exit from Ibrox, writing in his weekly Scottish Daily Mail column (16/09 print edition, The Verdict supplement page 16).

The official reason for Allen's departure, according to the club's statement on the matter, is the recruitment guru's desire to spend more time with his family, as well as explore other opportunities.

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Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has been highly complimentary of his former colleague in the days since, suggesting he played a massive part in building the squad that the manager has at his disposal.

Commons though is not convinced that his record at Ibrox was all that strong.

As quoted by The Scottish Daily Mail (16/09 print edition, The Verdict supplement page 16), he said: "How many of his signings actually present genuine sell-on value in the current Rangers squad? Alfredo Morelos and James Tavernier don’t count, given they were both signed prior to his arrival.

"The wage bill is sky high and the squad is woefully imbalanced. They are effectively stockpiling wingers and central midfielders, yet only have two proper strikers.

"Then there’s the money squandered on the likes of Borna Barisic and Eros Grezda. Not so quick to take the credit for deadwood like that, is he?"

 

Does Commons have a point here?

Looking at the current state of Rangers, Commons words appear to be a bit over the top. Gerrard's squad isn't quite in the mess that the former Celtic attacking midfielder suggests.

It's true that Allen has made his mistakes at Ibrox. Commons is right to suggest that Eros Grezda is one of them too.

However, the positive additions have allowed Gerrard to build a side that many believe has a genuine chance of competing for trophies this season.

Perhaps Commons' point is more that the departure of Allen shouldn't be feared by Rangers or any of their supporters.

Steven Gerrard, Manager of Rangers FC looks on during the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on September 01, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Anyone coming into the club is arriving in a coveted post, working with a manager whose famous career naturally attracts exciting talents.

There's plenty for Rangers to improve on and perhaps going down a route that would allow the club to develop players with a greater sell-on value is a viable strategy, something that the Sky Sports man suggests Allen failed at.

If the Ibrox club play their cards right, Allen's departure doesn't need to be a bad thing, but they must get the appointment of his replacement spot on. In recent years we've seen what can happen when the Gers recruit badly.

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