With Rangers definitely losing out on Louis Moult next month, with the striker opting for Preston North End, Director of Football Mark Allen is coming under increased pressure to justify his position.
The ex-Man City Academy head appears to have done absolutely nothing with regards to boosting Rangers’ infrastructure or scouting system, with nothing highlighting this further than the failure to secure Moult, and the disaster that has been Aaron Nemane.
With all his contacts at the Etihad, the best Allen appeared to be able to do was bring a kid who has barely managed 30 minutes at Ibrox, while Hibernian got the impressive Brandon Barker who destroyed Rangers’ defence last night and Celtic continue to enjoy the performances of Patrick Roberts.
This has really started to wind up a great number of Rangers supporters, who feel they are being left behind and being given a raw deal in light of what other SPL clubs seem to be getting from the club where Allen is supposed to be able to get the cream of the young crop from.
What exactly has Allen being doing at Ibrox?
As the Director of Football or Head of Recruitment or whatever the hell he is supposed to be, there appears no evidence in the six months since his arrival that he has brought a single benefit to the club.
That Graeme Murty has eked out 6 wins from 8 is in spite of Allen, not because of, and the Sporting Director model is evidently not currently working at Auchenhowie in any shape or form.
Next month is massive for him. Whoever the manager may be, Allen is under the spotlight. It is his job to deal with transfers, and so far he has made a complete dog’s dinner of it.
Lest we forget, he had 6 weeks after his appointment to help with recruitment before the window shut last summer – the players who arrived after him were Morelos (Jonatan Johansson famously scouted that one), Pena, Herrera, Nemane and John. One success in there of four is horrendous.
The pressure on Allen in January to delivery good signings is massive. Do so, and he will justify his position.
Otherwise he might as well leave because frankly he is a waste of a wage.