Rangers fans are waiting on the long-promised update for the appointment of Director of Football after CEO James Bisgrove was quoted as saying pre-international break that it was ‘close’ amid ‘ITK’ press making claims that it would be announced inside two weeks.
Put simple that didn’t happen.
The Rangers Review’s Stuart Wilson claimed, on 13th of this month, that inside two weeks of his exclusive, the club would appoint the successor to Ross Wilson, and while technically speaking at the time of writing we are exactly at two weeks, we do believe Wilson may have got his numbers a bit wrong.
Indeed, he explained that ‘it is understood that the Ibrox club feel ready to make an appointment once the Scottish Premiership resumes after the international break’ and as yet, there is no sign.
We’re not attacking Wilson by any means, we all get our exclusives and estimates wrong about 80% of the time, this is the fun of bringing the news and views.
But it is disappointing on Rangers’ part that the topic has gone quiet, as the appointment of Graeme Souness did (we are convinced that one is dead in the water now) and that’s not ideal for Philippe Clement.
The manager explained that work is being done on new players as we speak, but the head of those operations, a football director, doesn’t quite seem to have materialised yet.
Genk’s Dimitri De Conde rejected the job recently, declaring his loyalty as a ‘Limburger’ which is fair enough – does this mean Rangers are getting Paul Mitchell?
At this point we just don’t know, and Clement could do with the clarity as well.
A Sporting Director deals with the stuff he doesn’t want to, it’s vital for this manager to get one in place as soon as possible.