Devastating Rangers blow as top target delivers snub to MD - report
By Alex Stevens
Ross Wilson has snubbed the chance to become the Rangers director of football, according to a report.
The Scottish Sun claim that the Southampton recruitment chief contacted Ibrox managing director Stewart Robertson on Monday to deliver the news that he was no longer interested in the position.
It is said that Rangers had head-hunted the Scot for the post and held extensive discussions with the 34-year-old about quitting the Premier League to take on the newly-created role.
Following a week of soul-searching about whether to accept the post, Wilson has decided that the job is not for him and that he will remain at St Mary’s Stadium.
This is a devastating blow for Rangers, who have identified Wilson as the man they want to head up the club’s revamped management structure.
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Reports had stated that they wanted to unveil the Southampton head of recruitment and scouting by last weekend but their plan did not come to fruition.
It means that the Rangers board will need to go back to the drawing board in fill the director of football post.
The Scottish Sun report that the club could turn to Tottenham head of recruitment Paul Mitchell, who has been placed on gardening leave after handing in his resignation at the club last August.
The club are also in the process of bringing in a new manager and reports on Tuesday night suggested that a deal to appoint little known Portugese Pedro Caixinha is all but done.
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.
Rangers Under-20s coach Murty has overseen the club’s last five matches, which have yielded three wins and two defeats.
They demolished Scottish Premiership rivals Hamilton 6-0 on Saturday to book a place in the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup.
Murty could remain in the dugout for the Old Firm clash this weekend even if a deal for Caixinha is finalised by that point.