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Ally McCoist wants Rangers to scout for success as talent spotting network needs to be rebuilt for club to move ahead

1 Dec 2013 09:05

NEIL MURRAY's departure has left the Govan club without a chief scout, something which McCoist feels is vital for the Gers as they look to get themselves back to Scotland's top tier.

Ally-McCoist-2472647.jpg Ally McCoist needs new bodies to look out for up and coming talent as he builds for the future at Rangers

ALLY McCOIST insists Rangers will never be able to mount a serious challenge to Celtic unless they fix their shambolic scouting system.

The Ibrox boss says setting up a credible talent identification scheme must be the club’s top priority.

Rangers have been operating without a chief scout and a scouting department since they axed Neil Murray in April.

At the time the previous board released a statement insisting they were embarking on a ‘far-reaching restructuring programme at various levels of the club’.

However, they failed to put a proper scouting structure in place despite McCoist claiming they needed it more than at ?any other time in Rangers’ 140-year history.

McCoist said: “I’d make that my No.1 priority for the club moving ahead.

“We just don’t have anything in place since Neil left. We’ve had a couple of guys going to watch the opposition but that’s it.

“The scouting set-up is just about non-existent coming into a period when it’s going to more vital than at any other point in our history.

“The irony isn’t lost on me that our scouting system is at its worst just when it’s needed most.

“I can’t tell you how important it is and I can’t emphasise the sorry state it is in.

“We had two full-time boys here in Neil and John Brown and now we have no-one. If we want to get back to where we once were competing in the top league and getting into Europe we must have a successful scouting network.

“We have to build now. We’ve said all along we have a four and five year plan to get us back into the top flight and competing in Europe.

“We want this as soon as possible to give us the greatest chance.”

McCoist is worried by the lack of forward planning as his team move closer to a top flight return the season after next.

But he is confident he will be given the backing of new chief executive Graham Wallace.

He said: “It certainly has to be addressed and I’m sure it will be.

“We need to hit the ground running. The transfer embargo is now lifted and we can compete on a level playing field with everybody. We have to prepare for getting back to the top flight. In the conversations I’ve had with Graham he is aware of how important it is we get the younger ones either through Murray Park or buy them in.

“I haven’t had specific discussions with the chief executive about this.

“But I don’t have any doubts we’ll be sitting down in the next week or so to talk about major issues and that will certainly be one topic.”

McCoist has already earmarked a number of key footballing figures to head up the scouting department at Murray Park.

He added: “I’ve spoken to my own members of staff here and one or two from the youth department.

“There’s two or three people I’d like to have there, guys I can trust.

“We are a selling club in the grand scheme of things. Nikica Jelavic would be an example although I don’t think we got the full value for him.

“I don’t see any reason why we cant be a Porto, an Ajax or a PSV who are competing every year in their own domestic leagues and doing alright in Europe while selling players to the likes of Barcelona.”

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While I agree with his sentiment, we always have been a selling club in one form or another, with all the best will in the world who the hell is going to opt to play in a footballing backwater like the SPL (Newco). One player every three or four years is hardly a system to build your financial & footballing plans on

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Our management team saw a Queens Park player play against us on four occasions last year. He stood out like a sore thumb, yet he ends up at Scumdee. Surely to fcuk we don't need scouts to identify every good player...

And who was that? The only player i ever noticed from Queesn park was the goalkeeper.

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We need connection to the lower Leagues in England that's where there is rich pickings of some decent players.

And he is correct in that we need to sell for better prices when it comes to better players.

Some transfer fees we received have been pathetic.

Good points from Ally.

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We need connection to the lower Leagues in England that's where there is rich pickings of some decent players.

And he is correct in that we need to sell for better prices when it comes to better players.

Some transfer fees we received have been pathetic.

Good points from Ally.

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I've said it about five times now but once everything is sorted out we should head hunt Dudee Uniteds scouting team and youth coach.

They have done superbly on both of those regards over the past few years and with limited resources too. Imagine what they could do at a club as big as ours?

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FFS! If only someone from the club looked on here only last year, they would have read exactly these points being raised by Ally in this article. Why a club of our stature does not have an effective scouting network in place is an absolute scandal and someone should be getting their balls booted for allowing a situation like this to have occured.

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Our management team saw a Queens Park player play against us on four occasions last year. He stood out like a sore thumb, yet he ends up at Scumdee. Surely to fcuk we don't need scouts to identify every good player...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/22762888

This is our number one priority after the AGM is resolved.

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I've said it about five times now but once everything is sorted out we should head hunt Dudee Uniteds scouting team and youth coach.

They have done superbly on both of those regards over the past few years and with limited resources too. Imagine what they could do at a club as big as ours?

David Goodwillie

Gary Mackay-Steven

Scott Allan

Jonny Russell

Stuart Armstrong

Ryan Gauld

What do we have to compare with that lot?

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McGregor

Hutton

McMillan

Wilson

Smith

Burke

Ness

McCabe

Adam

Wylde

McCormack

Macleod

McKay

Aird

Crawford.

Gasparotto

Danny Stoney

Charlie Telfer..............

We have plenty of good young players they don't get a chance though. Apart from Macleod the rest of these guys have not had a look in this season.

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A good scouting network is essential provided it's the right appointment and not another job for one of the boys

Jobs for the boys is a definite worry, but I don't have a problem with people Ally knows getting the jobs... so long as they're of a high enough calibre.

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