Rangers’ chief scout Andy Scoulding’s exit to Spurs is something to note, but we’re not buying into the hype over the man’s performance.
The press are bigging him up as discovering Ryan Kent, Joe Aribo and Calvin Bassey, but this is not strictly accurate reporting.
Scoulding was the chief scout, the boss of the department. He had several people below him who did a tonne of legwork, and as then-boss Steven Gerrard and assistant Gary Mac said, the scouting was done as a team effort and everyone chipped in.
And there were a tonne of failures in there too. Itten, Hastie, Simpson, Ojo, Ejaria, we could rattle a list off the length of the continent of Africa and it still wouldn’t be complete.
And that continued in January with Ramsey, Diallo, Zukowski et al.
This is not to discredit Scoulding as junk – he wasn’t. He played his part in Steven Gerrard’s rebuild and it was a good enough job to secure 55. It was under his watch we found Kamara, Lundstram et al.
We’re not going to forget that.
But bigger men and more important men have come and gone than Andy Scoulding and while we wish him the best and have not a bad word to say about him as a professional, we will replace and we will move on as a club.
Rangers wait for no man.