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Rangers suspend chief scout during probe into transfers

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ibrox1Rangers have suspended chief scout Neil Murray, pending an investigation into his dealings with last summer’s transfers. Murray, a former team-mate of manager Ally McCoist was told not to report for work while the investigation is ongoing, which has been running for over a week to date.

There is no details in regards to what the investigation is focusing on, but according to this morning’s report in the Daily Record, Rangers chief executive Charles Green received a number of emails relating to several transfers which took place at the club in the summer – just before an embargo was imposed by the Scottish FA.

With that embargo set to end in September and the club hoping to recruit a number of free agents, the news that their chief scout has been suspended will come as a blow to Ally McCoist, who would have relied on Murray to source new signings.

However, Murray has come under criticism from some quarters none more so than the Rangers fans who questioned his ability after the players that he recommended, for the most part, have flopped in Scotland’s bottom tier.

Manager Ally McCoist has refused to be drawn into the issue, refusing to go into more detail over Murray’s suspension, at his pre-match press conference ahead of Saturday’s away tie at Montrose.

McCoist told the assembled media that: “Neil has been suspended by the club pending an investigation. It’s a really sensitive matter and that’s all I can say on it.”

The suspension of Murray, follows the sacking of physio Pip Yeates and the departure of youth team coach Tommy Wilson. While the Daily Record reported that stadium manager Ross McCaskill is also set to be axed by Rangers chief executive Charles Green for reasons unknown only to those behind the decisions.

When asked of his concerns over the staff changes, McCoist added: “My concern is that we have to be in position ready to go for the start of next season. Staff at football clubs, and in any work force, come and go. I fully appreciate that. That said, in terms of the recruitment of our players, the next two or three years will be the most important time in the club’s history. We have to be ready for that and we will.”

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Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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