Rangers’ move to bring in Southampton’s Ross Wilson to take over from Mark Allen as director of football is “increasingly likely” to happen, according to a report, as the Gers appear not to be taking their time in bringing in a replacement.

According to The Echo, the Saints director of football operations is “expected” to join Rangers at the second attempt after Allen’s resignation last month.

PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 05: Moussa Djenepo of Southampton and Ross Wilson, Director of Football Operations at Southampton Football Club pose for a photo during the unveiling of new Southampton FC signing Moussa Djenepo on June 05, 2019 in Paris, France.

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Wilson was first approached in the wake of Mark Warburton’s resignation in 2016 but opted to remain at St. Mary’s after being offered the job at Ibrox but it looks like he’s changed his mind and is set to return home to Scotland.

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The report claims that Southampton see the move as a chance to start afresh following several changes at an executive level while Rangers will finally get their man to run the football department.


Gers boss Steven Gerrard was reported by the Daily Record to have personally spoken with Wilson in a bid to persuade him to leave the Premier League and move to Ibrox and it appears to have worked.

25th April 2019, Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland; Scottish FA Youth Cup Final, Celtic U18s versus Rangers U18s; Gary McAllister and Steven Gerrard of Rangers watch from the stand

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After starting out at Falkirk, Wilson had spells with Watford and Huddersfield Town before joining Southampton in 2015, although fans at St. Mary’s have been increasingly critical of Wilson’s recruitment recently.


With a stellar reputation, however, Wilson would be a fantastic appointment by Rangers and hopefully, a deal can be done before too long to get him to Ibrox and build on the work done by Mark Allen over the last few years.

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