Rangers have made a strategic move by appointing Nils Koppen, the former scouting chief of PSV Eindhoven, to lead their recruitment efforts. Koppen brings with him valuable experience from his tenure at the Dutch club since 2018, where he played a significant role in both academy and first-team scouting.
Koppen’s new position as director of football recruitment will see him join Rangers on January 2nd. However, it is important to note that he is not stepping into the shoes of Ross Wilson, who previously held a broader role as sporting director before departing for Nottingham Forest earlier this year.
In his upcoming role, Koppen will contribute his expertise to Rangers’ football board. This group is responsible for key decisions regarding squad planning, contracts, and player trading. The board includes notable figures such as chairman John Bennett and manager Philippe Clement among others.
The relationship between Koppen and Clement goes back to their time at Genk when Koppen was involved in academy recruitment during Clement’s successful spell with the Belgian side. Their past collaboration could prove beneficial for Rangers going forward.
Chairman Bennett has emphasized the need for improved player recruitment strategies following comments last month alongside the release of Rangers’ accounts. With Koppen on board, there are high expectations for enhanced leadership within the club’s football department.
Expressing enthusiasm about joining Rangers, Koppen aims to make impactful contributions towards future transfer-market profits. His arrival aligns with the club’s commitment to strengthening its football operations.
Additionally, Rangers announced Tom Taylor as their new head of performance. Currently part of Brighton’s team, Taylor will start his duties on December 22nd. These appointments reflect Rangers’ dedication to bolstering their off-field talent in pursuit of on-field success.