Former Rangers director of football Mark Allen thinks that the Light Blues losing head of scouting Andy Scoulding to Tottenham is a big loss for the Gers – and insists that he has all the skills to be a director of football at a “big club somewhere.”
Scoulding is expected to head to North London imminently and join the backroom team at Spurs having joined Rangers five years ago.
The Englishman was crucial in identifying the likes of Joe Aribo and Calvin Bassey as Rangers were rejuvenated in recent seasons and is now set to become assistant performance director to Fabio Paratici.
Allen believes Scoulding deserves more credit for the work he’s done at Rangers as he confessed there was “no chance” he’d want to lose him.
“If I was still at Rangers, I wouldn’t be wanting to lose Andy Scoulding. No chance,” Allen said [Sunday Post].
“He’s the guy who deserves a lot of credit for what’s happened at Rangers, but never got recognised for it.
“Spurs coming for him doesn’t surprise me at all.
“As well as going out and picking players out and writing reports, he’s a huge talent in strategising and a great lateral thinker.
“I think he’s going to be a bit of a loss. Andy has the skills to go on and be very successful.
“Without a doubt, he’s a future director of football at a big club somewhere.”
Replacing Scoulding one of Rangers’ most important jobs this summer
While Scoulding’s work has largely gone under the radar at Ibrox, getting the right replacement for him is vital.
Identifying talents such as Aribo and Bassey – who arrived at Ibrox for buttons – has been crucially important in helping the Gers win the title and reach the Europa League final over the last two years.
Hopefully, Ross Wilson already has someone in line as a potential replacement for Scoulding as he prepares to make his move to Spurs.