By George Overhill

2nd May, 2023 | 5:40pm

Official Rangers partner reacts as Ibrox 'clear out' continues with behind-the-scenes exit

Heart & Hand have reacted hopefully to news of the latest behind-the-scenes departure at Rangers in academy director Craig Mulholland.

The defeat to Celtic at Hampden on Sunday (30 April) has condemned the club to a trophy-less season and laid bare the failings since the 55th title win with a whole hoard of players set to depart.

Off the pitch at Ibrox it is much of the same with multiple key figures having already gone, and Mulholland is next as the club announced the 45-year-old leaving after playing a “huge role in transforming the club’s youth set-up into a truly elite programme”.

Reacting to the news on Twitter Heart & Hand wrote: “The clear out on and off the park at the club continues. Hopefully bring a much-needed air of freshness.”

Tear it down and rebuild it

The Scottish Cup win and the run to the Europa League final last season, as well as the long unbeaten run when Michael Beale came in, have only been papering over the cracks at Rangers for months now.

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Domestically the club has quickly fallen back behind Celtic and zero wins from five Old Firm derbies this campaign is a miserable statistic.

Nathan Patterson, Billy Gilmour, Robby McCrorie, Leon King, Alex Lowry and Adam Devine are all noted in the club’s announcement of Mulholland’s exit as players he has helped develop, but none are currently featuring in the first team and cash brought in for those long-gone hasn’t amounted to much.

Leon King was pressed into action earlier this season amid one of the earlier versions of numerous injury crises in a depressing campaign, but may have been set back in his development by being part of the worst Champions League group stage campaign in history.

With Ross Wilson already having gone to Nottingham Forest there could be further back room departures in the coming months, and it is hard to argue with taking this summer to reset the hierarchy as much as possible at the same time as the squad.

In time there will be positives to be gleaned from this period for the Gers but currently it is hard to see them with major work to be done in order to challenge next season.

In other Rangers news, Simon Jordan has furiously trashed Beale as Jim White suggested the manager may be regretting his move from QPR.