What Rangers want in transfers spelled out by Nils Koppen as recruitment guru backs up 2 key Clement claims

Rangers new director of football Nils Koppen
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Emboldened Rangers recruitment guru Nils Koppen has revealed his side will keep a firm eye on Scottish talent and aim to develop their standout talents for the biggest teams on the planet.

The Belgian – presenting his vision at the club's latest fan advisory board with the minutes from the June meeting released on Tuesday – mapped out what he wants to deliver at Ibrox in terms of both incomings and outgoings. And former PSV signing guru Koppen echoed a key claim from Philippe Clement on the pursuit of selling their best talents to the top five leagues in Europe.

Clement previously stated Mohamed Diomande – who signed for £4.3m from Nordsjaelland – was destined to play at a higher level than Scottish football. And Koppen's desire to keep an eye closer to home has been backed up with the signings of Connor Barron and Liam Kelly this summer. Other key components for signings include being viewed as robust with quality and athleticism sitting atop the club's wishlist.

Nils Koppen's recruitment vision for Rangers

  • We prioritise high technical quality and athleticism

  • Players need to need robust, reliable and focused

  • Determined key markets where we can be successful, more active in untapped markets (still competitive)

  • Eye for Scottish market and talents

  • Retain our best Academy talents

  • Use our “platform” more to give opportunities to young players and develop them.

  • Buy at the right price, sell at the right moment

  • Recruit players with ability to make a next step to Big five league

  • Stronger contract management

  • The club demands winners robust players that can cope with high amount of games & intensity Scottish game

And the need for robustness was highlighted with the club's lengthy injury list last season irking Clement who left aghast by the amount of players he was left without in a season where they ran out of steam and watched Brendan Rodgers' side roar to the double.