Mark Allen, the Glasgow Rangers Director of Football was recently involved in an in depth question and answer session with the ‘Teddy Bears’ supporters.

Allen revealed future development plans for Ibrox, and planned changes to part of the Hummel Training Centre. 

On answering fans’ questions, he admitted that Steven Gerrard agreeing to become the manager of this historic club, was his best achievement of his career so far.

He also highlighted just how special the Rangers fans are to the players, the new manager and all the background staff. They cannot speak highly enough of the support that is always supplied during every match.

Allen said that work was about to get underway fairly soon and that part of the changes would be a dedicated new lounge for the players and partners to wind down and relax after the games.

Also to be included in the changes is a new dining area for the players pre match meals, and a small gym area to be used for players to warm up and prepare properly for the game.

He also revealed that Gerrard’s office would be moving closer to the changing room area, and that the club has taken care to protect the look and feel of the ground because of it being a ‘special place’.

Allen has spoken openly about the environment being a vital ingredient to the success of any football club. We have well publicized the changes that we are making at the Hummel Training Centre and work will also be starting soon to upgrade certain aspects of Ibrox.

The session was fascinating with Allen also talking about the club’s plans for Billy Kirkwood, the new loan manager, who will oversee the transition between youth players getting a chance to get into the first-team. 

This move could see certain players going out on loan to get more first team experience with other decent clubs. 

Kirkwood’s job is to encourage the lads to show their true potential to see if they could possibly break into the Rangers first-team squad. But only if they  performing well enough in another sides starting X1. 

Allen said there was nothing like witnessing a homegrown player finally managing to move up to the senior squad, and Rangers are setting up a very robust future-thinking system to try and speed up the process. 

The aim is to enhance Ibrox as much as possible for the players and the management team on match days. 

Everything is taking shape at Rangers under the stewardship of Gerrard and Allen, and the Light Blues fans are feeling excited about the future.

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