John Park helped bring Virgil Van Dijk to Celtic

John Park: Former Celtic scout joins Rangers | football news

Former Celtic recruiting chief John Park has joined Rangers in a senior scouting role.

The 64-year-old has joined Ibrox after his last role with Blackburn in the Sky Bet Championship.

He spent nine years in Glasgow between 2007 and 2016 helping to identify Virgil van Dijk, Fraser Foster, Victor Wanyama and Moussa Dembele.

Park moved to Sunderland in 2016 after Brendan Rodgers took charge at Celtic and brought in Lee Congerton to oversee transfer deals at the club.

John Park helped bring Virgil Van Dijk to Celtic
John Park helped bring Virgil van Dijk to Celtic

The recruiting specialist worked with Tony Mowbray at Blackburn Rovers last season and helped transform the Ewood Park side into play-off contenders for the Championship before leaving at the end of last season.

Park is understood to be on good terms with sporting director Ross Wilson and it is hoped he can help the club with their player trading model by buying players before selling them at a profit.

Andy Scoulding, current head of recruitment, is reportedly set to join Spurs but Park will not replace him directly.

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Kris Boyd is not yet concerned about Rangers’ lack of summer signings but says his concerns will grow if no new players join Ibrox any time soon.

“There is no doubt that Rangers need to bring in players. With Diallo, Ramsey and Balogun all leaving the roster is definitely weaker numerically so they need to bring in a few players.

“The reality is that Rangers have released a number of players from contract next season and it is very unlikely they will be able to keep every single one.

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“The reality is Rangers Night will need to make some sales this summer so players don’t go for nothing next season.

“I don’t think Rangers are in a position to just turn around and let people take their players.

“There’s obviously finances behind the club that Rangers can now negotiate with teams and it’s not like teams just call and say there’s the offer and we’ll take your player.”

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