Former Rangers director of football Mark Allen has claimed that new Tottenham appointee Andy Scoulding will be a big loss to the Scottish side.
The Telegraph revealed two weeks ago that Spurs are set to appoint Rangers’ chief scout Scoulding ahead of the new season.
During his near five-year association with Rangers, Scoulding brought many talented players to the Ibrox, which helped the club rise back up the Scottish football pyramid, and eventually win the title in 2020/21.
Football.London’s Alasdair Gold has revealed that Fabio Paratici will lean on Scoulding when it comes to scouting British talent.
The journalist explained that Steve Hitchen’s resignation had left a void when it comes to expertise in the British market, and the Spurs managing director of football has decided to fill that with the appointment of the 40-year-old.
Allen, who was the man who appointed by Scoulding as head of scouting at Gers five years ago, has insisted that the London-born scout was the unsung hero behind Rangers’ success, and backed him to become a director of football at a big club in the future.
He told The Daily Record: “If I was still at Ibrox, I wouldn’t be wanting to lose Andy – no chance. He’s the guy who deserves a lot of credit for what’s happened at Rangers but has never been 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 is a great lateral thinker.
“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 somewhere at a big club.”
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Hopefully, the appointment of Scoulding aids Spurs in identifying the best young talent in the country and bringing them into the academy. Paratici is evidently focused on to improving the academy set-up as that would give us the best shot of competing on the pitch with the likes of Manchester City over the long term.
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