John Park: Former Celtic chief scout joins Rangers

Former Celtic recruiting chief John Park has been appointed to a senior scouting role at Rangers. the athlete understands.

Park was most recently with English Championship team Blackburn Rovers but joined Ibrox with immediate effect after the end of his contract.

The 64-year-old built a solid reputation in Scottish football during his time at Glasgow between 2007 and 2016, where his side enjoyed notable success with players including Victor Wanyama, Virgil van Dijk, Fraser Forster and Moussa Dembele.

Park moved to Sunderland after Brendan Rodgers arrived and wanted his own man Lee Congerton to oversee transfers.

Rangers sporting director Ross Wilson has had a long-term relationship with Park since his early days in football and was quick to add him to the scouting department following Blackburn’s sacking of Tony Mowbray.

It has been the club’s aim to find bargains in the market and resell them for a profit so his arrival in that regard is a great asset, as he explained his ‘moneyball’ approach in an interview last year.

Having a computer science background before moving to football at Hamilton Academical and then Motherwell, Park helped set up a date recruiting team at Celtic before it became commonplace.

Current head of recruitment Andy Scoulding is moving to Tottenham but Park is not believed to be a direct replacement as changes are currently underway in that area.

The club expanded the scouting and medical departments this summer and more additions are expected.

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