By Anthony Onifade

22nd May, 2023 | 8:10am

John Bennett hands Stewart Robertson mercy with Rangers exit set from Ibrox

Keith Jackson believes Rangers chairman John Bennett is showing his “ruthless” streak with Managing Director Stewart Robertson one of the many names being shown the Ibrox exit.

Rangers are set for wholesale changes both off and on the pitch this summer as Bennett looks to usher in a new era at Ibrox, following his appointment as Chairman in April.

Craig Mulholland, Douglas Park, Ross Wilson, Andrew Dickson and Robertson have all left or confirmed themselves to be leaving at the end of this current season in what looks to be a significant refresh behind the scenes at Ibrox.

And speaking to Daily Record [22 May], Jackson believes changes are needed at Ibrox with Robertson so far out of his depth throughout his tenure as managing director over the past eight years.

“John Bennett has shown Rangers ruthless streak and changes suggest the club’s emerging from a paranoid period.

“Bennett might not have been in the job for long since replacing Douglas Park but the new man has certainly not been hanging about. If truth be told, many of the changes he has sanctioned inside the inner sanctum have been long overdue but it’s most certainly to Bennett’s credit they’ve been carried out so swiftly and decisively during his first few weeks as decision-maker in chief.

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“Managing director Stewart Robertson will also soon be on his way and that’s almost an act of mercy. Robertson is a pleasant, cheery fellow but he’s been forced so far out of his depth he ought to have been wearing water wings to his work over these past eight years.”

Damning exodus

There have been calls from the fans and those associated with the Light Blues for months now for big changes at Ibrox, and they look to be finally happening, although at a much quicker rate than expected.

After news that academy director Mulholland has departed the club after a spell spanning over 20 years, it seems as though the Rangers board are also showing no signs of slowing down in wielding the axe at Ibrox.

Jackson is absolutely right, Bennett deserves credit for his bravery in making such tough decisions so soon after being appointed last month. It’s clear things need to change behind the scenes at the club, and Bennett has identified that so quickly.

Rangers are in desperate need of fresh ideas though, with the danger of becoming too far behind the qualities of their Old Firm rivals Celtic both on and off the pitch becoming a real possibility if things don’t change soon.

Rangers boss Michael Beale will be undergoing a stark transition and revamp of the playing staff at Ibrox and that looks to be going on at the top too.

This is arguably one of the biggest summers of the club’s history as they attempt to transition into a new and improved era, and for that to happen, an unfortunate but much-needed exodus has to occur.

In other Rangers news, the club are clearly playing a sick joke with their supporters after they made an announcement about a senior player.