Kris Boyd has hit out at senior Ibrox figure, Mark Allen, in his Scottish Sun column.
Since Steven Gerrard’s arrival at the club, a considerable number of new faces have come in.
Firstly, there was the summer influx, before six more joined in January.
Yet, all those signings haven’t stopped Rangers losing three times to Aberdeen in Glasgow, this campaign. That’s despite the Dons having a considerably inferior budget.
“Mark Allen is quick enough to jump around changing rooms when the team wins, but what has he actually contributed”, asks Boyd in the Scottish Sun.
“He paints himself as the mastermind in everything that’s good when Rangers are winning, but he doesn’t fool me. For a start, why are there four left wingers at the club in Glenn Middleton, Ryan Kent, Jamie Murphy and Eros Grezda?”
“That just doesn’t make any sense to me.”
“It’s the same with seven central midfielders…yet there’s only Daniel Candeias who can play wide right. That’s a total imbalance and stops Gerrard from being able to make changes when things aren’t going well.”
Is this criticism justified?
Boyd certainly hasn’t held back here.
These issues are unlikely to be all of Allen’s doing. The manager will have had a say in terms of the additions to the squad.
However, ultimately, the Technical Director carries the can.
There’s definitely a point here, too. The unnecessary depth in midfield means several players are always going to miss out and recently, one of those has been homegrown talent, Ross McCrorie.
Furthermore, the lack of options on the right flank were exposed away in Vienna, in the Europa League.
Thankfully, Candeias has remained largely injury free this season. When he was suspended for that crucial game, though, Scott Arfield was pushed out wide and looked a fish out of water.
It seems plans are already in place for the summer though, with Gerrard identifying an area in need of strengthening, on Friday morning.