Rangers have announced the appointment of former Southampton Director of Football Operations Ross Wilson as the Ibrox club’s Sporting Director [Rangers].
The news comes after Premier League Southampton took to their official website to announce the departure of Ross Wilson “ahead of him taking up a role at Glasgow Rangers” [Southampton].
The move to take 36-year-old Wilson to Ibrox, which is considered as a major coup for the Ibrox club in football circles, comes after the departure of former Rangers Technical Director Mark Allen [Rangers].
Wilson moves to Ibrox after around four and a half years at Southampton where his work in securing considerable deals for the likes of Virgil van Dijk and now-captain Pierre-Emile Højbjerg has been lauded.
Rangers had expressed interest in Wilson taking up the role previously but speaking in 2017, but Wilson claimed that it was just a matter of timing which prevented him from taking the job back then.
It would then go to outgoing Technical Director Mark Allen.
Southampton is not the only stop on Wilson’s impressive C.V. The Scot started his career at Falkirk where he spent seven years as Head of Football Development and Football Administration.
He would then spend time at Watford and Huddersfield in a variety of business, recruitment and scouting roles before moving to St. Mary’s.
It is an ambitious and impressive move which is being lauded by Rangers fans.
Ross Wilson will be an interesting appointment given his background. Would imagine we will see some changes but not an overhaul which has already taken place by all accounts.
— Willy (@SpatestonBear2) October 14, 2019
— Sir Walter Smith (@Im_oot_Ma_EBTs) October 12, 2019
— Lawson Watt (@proudtobeaprod) October 12, 2019
Brilliant news! Welcome to the family Ross
— Andy Burns (@burnsyburns) October 12, 2019
Great appointment for Rangers. Long term vision boost for the club.
— Rangers Bantz (@RangersBanter17) October 12, 2019
Superb piece of business by Rangers this would you agree Robert?
— Dave (@Nimsay1872) October 12, 2019
— The Great Waldo (@ThenNow4evaBlue) October 14, 2019
Welcome to Rangers Ross, go find us some top talent.
— Debz Lawson (@LawDebz) October 14, 2019
— Rossco (@rsjh0501) October 14, 2019
Welcome ross to the greatest club in the world
— snakes (@duncanwborland1) October 14, 2019
Fantastic appointment WELL DONE AGAIN @RangersFC board But but but says Phil 😂😂😂
— Nooshy (@RossMcIsaac) October 14, 2019
Wilson himself expressed his delight at joining the backroom team at Ibrox, saying that it was the ambition of those in charge at the club which inspired the move.
“Firstly, and I am sure it goes without saying, I am delighted to be joining Rangers. During recent weeks I have had really positive discussions with the club,” said Wilson [Rangers].
“The vision and passion shared collectively by the Board and by Steven in terms of the plans to continue to build the club are exciting.
“This job, at this stage in my career, was one I felt I had to take and I am both excited and determined to ensure that in working together with the board, Steven and all of our staff we can continue to build an excellent, modern football infrastructure and a winning Rangers.”