By Doug Ward

22nd Sep, 2022 | 7:10am

David Stevenson to quit Rangers due to family circumstances - The Athletic

David Stevenson is set to quit his role as Rangers’ chief academy scout due to family reasons, according to The Athletic.

The news outlet reported on Thursday (22 September) that Stevenson, who joined the Gers’ recruitment set-up five years ago from the Scottish FA as academy scouting manager before being promoted, is leaving Ibrox to take up a lecturing job.

It is understood that “his family circumstances” are part of the reasoning as to why he’s moving on.

Mini exodus

There have been quite a few changes behind the scenes at Rangers lately.

Stevenson’s exit will be a big blow for the club and a new recruit will be needed to fill the void he’s leaving.

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It’s not just at academy level where we’ve seen staff members leaving because head of scouting Andy Scoulding and lead domestic scout Robert Clarkson both left in the summer.

Is it something to do with the recruitment at the club?

Ross Wilson heads up the recruitment and he’s come under fire a lot lately due to how poor his signings have been over the last year or so with Giovanni van Bronckhorst opting for academy aces or his trusted old boys over new summer additions in the last two games.

With Stevenson, it looks as though the reasoning behind his exit was unavoidable but there does seem to be something going on behind the scenes that may have led to this mini exodus among the recruitment team.

According to The Athletic, recruitment staff wanted expensive targets in the summer but the club’s budget was restricted so they could only sign players worth £1million to £3million.

With all the money made from the Europa League run, qualification to the Champions League group stages and the major sales of Nathan Patterson, Joe Aribo and Calvin Bassey, that may have ruffled some feathers.

In other Rangers news, this player has moved out of his home in Glasgow after leaving the Gers.