Forgotten Ger is solely responsible for Rangers’ rise

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - OCTOBER 01: James Tavernier of Rangers and Calvin Bassey of Rangers celebrate at full time after the UEFA Europa League play-off match between Rangers and Galatasaray at Ibrox Stadium on October 01, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in fixtures being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Dave King has been in the press a lot recently, giving his views on a range of topics, but while he is credited with where Rangers are now, and we certainly wouldn’t deny a lot of it, another man is solely responsible for Rangers’ current wondrous state and without him we have no idea where we would be.

And no, it’s not Steven Gerrard or Ross Wilson.

It is, as many smart Bears out there will know, Mark Allen.

For the legacy of rotten signings the ex-City academy head has, the one thing he absolutely nailed on brilliantly was sounding out Gerrard in the first place.

While King and co gave the motion the green light, it is Mark Allen and only Mark Allen who had the idea of Steven Gerrard as manager, and we owe literally all of where we are down to his moment of magic which has led to Gerrard’s rise as our boss and our return as a club.

Make no mistake, no one else would have suggested an inexperienced youth coach just recently retired. Especially after the farce that was the Murty era (x2).

No, Allen made a massive gamble on Gerrard, and it is the now-departed former Director of Football at Ibrox that we owe this current success to.

Of course, it’s Stevie doing the work, it’s the management doing it all and the players delivering on the pitch, but none of these would have come together had Allen not proposed such a stunning appointment in the first place.

So whatever else happened in Allen’s time at Ibrox, we notably thank him for that one.