Done by Friday night: Rangers plan for appointing PL man to senior role - report
By Alex Stevens
Rangers had hoped to appoint Southampton transfer guru Ross Wilson as their new director of football by Friday night, according to a report.
The Scottish Sun claim the Light Blues have identified Wilson as the man they want to head up the club’s revamped management structure.
Ibrox chiefs had planned to unveil the Saints’ 34-year-old head of recruitment and scouting by the end of the week but their plan has been delayed.
The Scottish Sun report that Wilson has asked for more time to consider Rangers’ offer to take on the key recruitment role.
The club are also in the process of interviewing managers and it has been widely reported they will first settle on the director of football and have him in place before unveiling the new man in the dugout.
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That role could now be given to Wilson, 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.