Deal all but done as Rangers close to appointing PL man to senior role - Sky
By Alex Stevens
Rangers are set to unveil a director of football within a number of days, according to a report.
Sky Sports claim on their website that the Scottish giants are in line to appoint the man who will head up their new-look recruitment department by the weekend.
It is said that Southampton transfer guru Ross Wilson is the leading candidate “in the frame” to land a post that has been created following the acrimonious exit of Mark Warburton and his backroom staff three weeks ago.
The club are in the process of interviewing managers and Sky report they will first settle on the director of football and have him in place before unveiling the new man in the dugout.
No1 contender Wilson has been targeted after holding recruitment and administrative posts at Falkirk, Huddersfield, Watford and at Southampton, who have admitted this week that his future is in doubt.
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Rangers are overhauling their management restructure following the departures 17 days ago of Warburton, David Weir and Frank McParland.
Former Liverpool and Brentford employee McParland was head of recruitment but the new position will have greater powers and a wider remit.
That role could now be given to Wilson, 34, who already has experience of working in Scottish football after spending seven years at Falkirk between 2004 and 2011 in a ‘head of football development and football administration role.’
He has since worked at Watford, Huddersfield and current club Southampton, who are widely considered to have punched above their weight after thriving in the fiercely competitive area of recruitment.
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.
The Light Blues are 33 points adrift of the runaway Scottish league leaders, who are closing in on a sixth consecutive title.
Second-placed Aberdeen are also six points clear of Rangers, who got their campaign back on track with a 3-2 triumph against St Johnstone at Ibrox on Wednesday night.
Rangers Under-20s coach Murty has overseen the club’s last four matches, which have yielded two wins and two defeats.