By George Overhill

25th Jan, 2023 | 8:10am

Mark Spalding to leave Rangers to work with Tim Howard at Memphis 901

Mark Spalding is set to leave Rangers for US side Memphis 901 with his departure already “green-lit” for February, according to Football Scotland.

The youth development manager in Glasgow is due to become the assistant of former Aberdeen boss Stephen Glass, and will be working under former 121-cap USMNT star Tim Howard who is sporting director.

Spalding has been with the Light Blues since January 2020 but will leave next month to get back into first team football.

The report from Football Scotland says: “It is understood he will take up his new role in February and his exit from Rangers has already been green-lit.”

Departure

A coach working at academy level often has designs on getting back into the senior game so it was probably inevitable that Spalding would look to move on at some point.

It will require the club finding a replacement but the move shouldn’t create too much turbulence, not least in comparison to the change in the first team dug out during the World Cup.

Former academy products have broken into the senior set up of late, with Leon King taking advantage of the injury crisis in defence this season to have an extensive run out in the SPFL and the Champions League.

Alex Lowry remains on the cusp of becoming a regular, although his introduction a year ago promised more by now and despite looking good in first-team appearances still hasn’t been given a proper opportunity.

That looks set to become harder to come by still if Morgan Whittaker does join Todd Cantwell in joining Rangers this month.

But goalkeeper Robbie McCrorie should be in the opposite situation with Allan McGregor and Jon McLaughlin more likely to move out of his way in the near future.

In other Rangers news, another wrestling legend revealed himself to be a big fan of the club this weekend.