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Video: Rangers’ Director of Football Mark Allen Explains Why He’s ‘Satisfied’ with Club’s Season

Video: Rangers’ Director of Football Mark Allen Explains Why He’s ‘Satisfied’ with Club’s Season

Rangers‘ Director of Football Mark Allen has explained why he’s been left satisfied with the club’s season, whilst promising more upgrades to the Ibrox side’s facilities.

The Gers have finished second in the Premiership this season behind bitter rivals Celtic, but that’s their highest finish since returning to Scotland’s top-flight back in 2016.

Steven Gerrard’s side will also finish their campaign trophy-less after exiting both the League and Scottish Cup to Aberdeen, but Allen insists the 2018/19 campaign has represented tangible progress for the Light Blues – both on and off the pitch.

Speaking in an interview with the official Rangers website, the former Man City employee added: “Overall I’m relatively pleased. It’s not over yet and we’ll go right to the end but I think from a progress perspective I’m quite satisfied.

“Certainly from an overall performance perspective, obviously the major aim is to win trophies but we’re well on our way to fulfilling that.

“Internally you always set yourself a high standard – you have to. I think we’ve got quite close, but you make your own luck in football.

“Overall I think we’re very, very close to hitting certain targets. Certainly if you look at our goals scored and our goals against – they are far more favourable than last year.

“Our home record has improved significantly. We’ve maybe been a bit unlucky and a bit frustrated with some results, that we’ve not turned some draws into victories, which ultimately will tell at the end of the season.

“We’ve spoken on many occasions about this role and there seems to be a fixation with it being purely and sorely around recruitment, which we all know is part of it but it’s not all of it.

“So I think off the field we’ve made significant changes in terms of the environment, the training ground itself in terms of the canteen and the pitch renovation.

“There’s further things planned for the summer to just finish those internal works off and I think for me having an elite environment is absolutely critical to success.

“I’m very comfortable now that when people walk through the door here it’s closer in line to what I would expect to find in an elite environment which is what we are trying to build.

“There’s been further refurb of the training centre in terms of the dressing room facilities and some of the sports science investments that will bring us up to what I believe is that elite level, both in terms of pre-activation in terms of recovery and in terms of general training and the environment.

“By the end of this summer, I’d like to think that the training centre is right up to speed with the best environments we’ve found.”

Following Sunday’s 2-0 win against Celtic at Ibrox – Rangers’ second successive home win against their Glasgow enemies – it would be churlish not to acknowledge the improvements made to the team over the last 12 months or so, but what do you make of Allen’s comments?

Is he correct?

Let us know in the comments section below…

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