Rangers sporting director Ross Wilson says the club are looking to expand their scouting network in a bid to ‘explore new markets’, as quoted by the Glasgow Times.
Wilson left Premier League club Southampton in October in order to take up his new role at Ibrox, and although he’s repeatedly stressed that this January transfer window won’t be marked by rampant player recruitment [Daily Record], it seems he’s taking steps in the background which will allow the Gers to identify potential future signings.
“We are starting to build the scouting up,” he said, as quoted by the Glasgow Times. “We have a strong team in place already but of course we are always looking to add and evolve. We will build it out more between now and the summer.”
“Listen, it won’t be a 100-man team but we will build on what we have in an effort to explore other markets.
“We have a clear plan and an idea of how we want it to look. From that point of view, there will be some new scouting personnel joining us soon.”
It’s exciting to hear that steps are being taken behind the scenes that could soon allow Rangers to identify emerging talent from all over the world.
The remarkable rise of Alfredo Morelos shows just what potential there is in thinking outside the box when it comes to looking for players.
Jonatan Johannsson recommended him to the club after watching him in Veikkausliiga action for HJK Helsinki and although he was scoring regularly at that level, the relative obscurity of the league allowed Rangers to pick him up for just £1 million.
Now, two years, later, he’s got 28 goals in half a season and has been valued at £20 million by Stewart Robertson [Daily Record].
Borna Barisic and Nikola Katic are more examples of top players discovered at relatively low-profile clubs, with both defenders plucked from the Croatian First Football League.
Hopefully, when the scouting department is successfully bolstered, we’ll see more of these types of signings, as the Gers look to adopt a street-smart approach in the transfer market.