Rangers Director of Football Mark Allen believes that signing the best talents in the Scottish Premiership will form a key part of the club’s future transfer strategy, as reported by The Scottish Sun.
The Gers have already signed up Glen Kamara and Jordan Jones on pre-contracts this January, both of whom have been two of the stand-out talents in the division over the last 18 months.
With others like Ryan Jack and Kyle Lafferty also making the switch from Premiership rivals in recent transfer windows, signing up the best of the rest in the country has clearly been a priority for the club.
That looks set to continue, with Allen discussing the issue at length this week.
As quoted by The Scottish Sun, the senior Ibrox figure said:
I think that is vitally important, and I have said on a number of occasions that you look at various characteristics when you are trying to sign players. One of the big ones is if they can handle Ibrox.
It is a cauldron, an unbelievable set of supporters, the like of which I have never seen before. So you need to make sure the players are tried and tested and understand the league.
In Jones and Kamara we know, because we have watched them, that they can play in the Premiership and probably higher.
There are a number of things you look at over a period of time. You track them, you watch them play, you do a bit of research yourself in terms of their background. Nobody ticks every box, but if you tick a significant number of them there is a high chance you might be successful.
These comments may make supporters take a much closer look at players who perform well against us at Ibrox, with the message clear that if you can cope with the big atmosphere in Govan then you are a contender to make a switch to the club in the future.
Combined with effective scouting across the rest of the British isles and beyond, it seems the Rangers recruitment team are covering all the bases when it comes to transfers and hopefully it’s something that helps produce major trophies before long.