Rangers are looking to replace Ross Wilson as sporting director this summer and Paul Mitchell is an elite operator who is available.

The Ibrox outfit have sought the help of a head-hunting agency to secure the best candidate but in the former Spurs man, there is someone who is looking for his next challenge.

The only issue is, according to former Sky Sports journalist Pete O’Rourke, West Ham United are eyeing a move for the current Monaco director of football.

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Mark Noble is currently in the role but has struggled to adapt after finishing his playing career with the Hammers and is looking to get back onto the training field in a coaching capacity.

In 2017, Rangers interviewed Paul Mitchell, however, Mark Allen was appointed to be sporting director.

It is a continental model that sees the manager get more assistance in player recruitment and takes some of the work load off their shoulders.

Since then, Mitchell has held some high profile positions in top five leagues and it would be a real coup if he is on James Bisgrove and John Bennett’s radar.

Why Paul Mitchell might be tempted by Rangers

Rangers might not have the same deep pockets as those in the Premier League or Ligue 1, however, what we do have is a budget considerably bigger than those we are competing against except one.

There is also the access to European football that is, almost, unprecedented compared to most leagues on the continent.

The club hired Ross Wilson from a Premier League club in Southampton, and lost him to one.

There is no reason why we can’t recruit someone from a similar background.

Unlike players who may see Rangers as a stepping stone, for directors, we are still a massive opportunity and name to have on any CV.

Our incoming CEO is a great example, James Bisgrove was hired from UEFA to take our revenues to the next level and has done just that.

If Rangers really do want to become best in class, then they need to act like it and fill key roles with elite operators.

Paul Mitchell is exactly this but Rangers will need to move fast.