Mark Allen's shock Rangers exit was the culmination of the feel good stories
After Celtic put Rangers to the sword two weeks ago at Ibrox, the Scottish mainstream media ramped up the feel good stories all across the board in a bid to keep the horde appeased - now we know why.
We questioned the level of gullibility that was around the Rangers support, how the media rallied around Gerrard’s defeated side and how a Celtic victory was so quickly forgotten about and even played down - now we know why.
All of those feel-good stories, all of the articles lauding Joe Aribo as the next Jay-Jay Okocha, comparing Ryan Kent with Eden Hazard or how the defeat to Celtic was a great experience for Rangers, led to Friday night’s shock news of Mark Allen’s departure.
But how much of a shock was it really?
A cynical person would claim that Rangers PR department, fronted by the bloated windbag Jim Traynor, had sent out a mayday message to his favoured Rangers-minded reporters to make sure there was a continued run of positivity in the press no matter how ludicrous or laughable their stories were. Not many dissected the derby defeat, but plenty ran with the feel-good stories - take from that what you will.
Even the Rangers statement sent a mixed message over Allen’s departure. It stated that he had left the club due to ‘family reasons’, before claiming that the former Man City youth academy director was leaving in ‘order to explore other options’ after just two years at the club.
But less than 24 hours after his departure was announced, already the stories are coming out that everything was not well behind the scenes at Ibrox.
The Rangers hierarchy were less than impressed with his failure to get rid of much of the ‘deadwood’ at Ibrox during the summer transfer window, supposedly playing a part in his departure. Not to mention the failure to flog Morelos and Tavernier for the multi-millions that the press poodles claimed they were worth.
Whatever the true reason(s) behind Allen’s departure, we can all agree that it is a huge blow to Rangers. He was vital in the Ibrox side appointing Gerrard as manager and signed a huge 34 players in his two years at the club.
Despite Allen’s huge influence at the club, many of his signings would fail muster pass marks if critiquing their time at the club - despite spending well beyond their means [failing to learn the lessons from the old club] to buy the title last season and already trailing Celtic this season.
But hey at least Rangers have freed up Allen’s sizeable wages to cover some of the cost of failing to sell Morelos, Tavernier and the deadwood.
So the next time Traynor’s press poodles roll out the feel-good stories in the rags expect something hugely negative to happen at the end of it.