Former Rangers director Paul Murray has opened up on why he thinks Ross Wilson is going to be a “big asset” for the Light Blues in his role as sporting director – having been turned down by the former Southampton man a few years earlier when offered a similar role at the club.

Wilson was offered the director of football role in 2017 while Murray was still on the board at Ibrox, but opted to remain with the Premier League side before eventually swapping the south coast of England for the south side of Glasgow in 2019.

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Managing Director Stewart Robertson (left) with Ross Wilson during the Betfred Cup semi final between Rangers and Hearts at Hampden Park. (Photo by Ross Parker / SNS Group)

Murray also detailed the role Wilson played in the Gers’ appointment of Mark Warburton as manager in 2015 as Dave King, Murray and co swept to power at Ibrox following years of mismanagement by Mike Ashley’s cronies.

“I knew Ross from around the Scottish football scene when he was at Falkirk and people had spoken very highly of him,” Murray said [Glasgow Times].

“One of his big mentors was Alex Smith and he was a real fan of Ross. I was always aware of Ross and then he went to Southampton and when we appointed Mark Warburton I took a reference from Ross on Mark.

“He knew him well from the English game and he was very helpful to me in terms of the reference when we appointed Mark.

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“I knew of him and was aware of the work that he did at Southampton and the very fact he was working at that level spoke volumes for him.

“They had success there in terms of bringing players through and their recruitment model and it was clearly a very good system in terms of player trading.

“That is a very important part of any football club model these days, you can’t just rely on wealthy benefactors and it is healthy to have a robust player trading model. I think Ross is going to be key on that.

“The other good thing about Ross is that he operates quite quietly. He is not in the Press talking about things, he just does his work quietly behind the scenes and he is very professional. I think he is going to be a big asset to the club.”

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Mark Warburton looks on during a pre-season friendly between Rangers and Burnley at Ibrox (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Wilson has impressed at Ibrox since replacing Mark Allen in October 2019 and it is only a disappointment that he never agreed to join the Light Blues earlier following their initial offer to him.

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