McPar­land: I’ll find the tal­ent for top flight

The Herald - Sport - - FOOTBALL - CHRIS JACK

FRANK McPAR­LAND, the new Head of Re­cruit­ment at Rangers, ad­mits he has a blank can­vas upon which to work as he looks to play his part in the Ibrox re­build­ing job by bring­ing “ex­cep­tional” play­ers to the club.

McPar­land will be at the fore­front of the search for re­in­force­ments for the Jan­uary trans­fer win­dow as Mark War­bur­ton’s side look to clinch a re­turn to the Premier­ship sooner rather than later. He will, Rangers hope, then have a key part to play in the sum­mer as War­bur­ton and as­sis­tant David Weir at­tempt to build a squad ca­pa­ble of com­pet­ing for the top flight ti­tle.

The former Liver­pool youth chief stepped down as sport­ing di­rec­tor at Burn­ley to take up a role on War­bur­ton’s staff and is rel­ish­ing the chal­lenge at Ibrox. “I’ve just come from Burn­ley, where we were look­ing at play­ers to get us out of the Cham­pi­onship, play­ers to help us stay in the Cham­pi­onship, and look­ing for play­ers for if we were to be pro­moted,” McPar­land told rangers. “So you’ve got to have a few sets of eyes on dif­fer­ent things that you want to do, but ob­vi­ously we want play­ers that can play in the Premier­ship next year. It is a blank can­vas, and I am go­ing to sit down and an­a­lyse it and get my head around every­thing we’ve got, and see where we can im­prove it.

“We need to an­a­lyse what is needed and see what money is avail­able. The team are do­ing not bad at the mo­ment, so it’s go­ing to take some ex­cep­tional play­ers to get guys out of the team at the mo­ment. Who­ever we bring in has to be a lot bet­ter than what we have al­ready, so it won’t be an easy task.”

RE­CRUIT­ING ROLE: Frank McPar­land is rel­ish­ing his job at Ibrox

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