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Scouting For Rangers – Why Bringing In This Norwich City Man Would Be The Ideal Thing To Do This Summer

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Why Norwich’s Joe Savage Could Be A Good Option For Rangers’ Director Of Football Role

Glasgow giants Rangers are reportedly considering a move for Norwich City’s Joe Savage to fill the Director of Football role at Ibrox.

Currently the recruitment chief at the Championship club, Savage has emerged in recent days as a chief candidate for the job as Rangers continue their search for the right man. Savage followed Alex Neil to Norfolk when he took over there as manager, following playing spells at East Stirling, Arbroath and Stenhousemuir and an analyst role at Hamilton Academical.

Savage has very good contacts in Europe and has already used these to good effect, spotting Tony Andreu for Hamilton, who helped them to promotion to the Premiership in 2014. Savage has also been responsible for the signings of Nelson Oliveira, Ivo Pinto, Timm Klose and Mitchell Dijks at Norwich and it’s this ability and pull that has attracted Rangers.

This sort of power in the transfer market could be crucial to Rangers, as over the next couple of years they seek to catch and overhaul Celtic at the top of the Scottish Premiership. Savage’s suggestions to the likes of Alex Neil have proven to massively benefit their playing staff and if he can repeat the trick in Scotland, it could be a huge plus for Rangers.

Given his knowledge within the game, particularly on the continent, it should be no surprise to us really that Rangers are interested in Savage. Apart from anything else though, Norwich City themselves could prove to be a major stumbling block.

Rangers are already seriously interested in signing Steven Naismith and Graham Dorrans from the club, so taking their recruitment chief as well may prove a step too far. Norwich’s ambition at this level is always to be promoted, so they are not usually happy to simply let their top talents go.

Rangers have already signed Portuguese international defender Bruno Alves and reportedly have their eye on Carlos Pena and Vitoria Setubal’s Fabio Cardoso. The recruitment programme seems to be going along nicely but no chances are to be taken. Rangers are no longer happy to have substandard players, coaches and directors at a club with so much history in the game.

Like Naismith and Dorrans, Savage is definitely a man of top quality in his particular role and would represent a big step forward for Rangers should they manage to convince him to come back to Glasgow.