By Alex Stevens

Stuart Webber has snubbed reported interest from Rangers and Celtic to join Norwich, it was announced on Thursday.

The Championship club announced on their official website that Webber has been appointed the club’s first sporting director.

The recruitment expert has joined Norwich from Huddersfield, where he had made a big impact in transforming the club from relegation strugglers to automatic promotion candidates.

At Carrow Road, Webber will be responsible for the club’s recruitment and he will also work with the board on identifying a new manager to replace caretaker Alan Irvine.

The Mail claimed last month that Rangers tried to land Webber to fulfil their own newly-created position of director of football, while Celtic also made an approach before recently appointing Lee Congerton.

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But the 33-year-old has rebuffed interest from the Glasgow giants to stay in the English Championship and attempt to spearhead Norwich’s return to the Premier League.

The east Anglia club’s own promotion hopes have slipped away in recent months and they are now 10th in the league, nine points adrift of Sheffield Wednesday in the final play-off spot.

Webber took over as head of football operations at Huddersfield when they were languishing near the bottom of the Championship and has overseen a stunning transformation after appointing German David Wagner as manager and overhauling the club’s scouting operation.

Rangers chiefs have sanctioned a complete revamp of the club’s football activities following a wretched campaign in which they have failed to offer any challenge to bitter rivals Celtic, who secured their sixth consecutive title last weekend.

In other Rangers news, one of the club’s midfielders has agreed the terms of a mammoth new deal.

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