Jackie McNamara claims that Rangers have made a “great” appointment after bringing new Sporting Director Ross Wilson from Southampton this week.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Scotland international says that the Gers have done well to replace Mark Allen, who left his post in September, with a figure who was at a Premier League side.

Rangers confirmed via their official Twitter account that the 36-year-old had joined the backroom team at Ibrox, having spent four-and-a-half years in England with the Saints.

With Southampton boss Ralph Hassenhuttl admitting that the senior figure is going to be a “big loss” for the Saints, McNamara says that Wilson looks to be an exciting arrival that could boost their hopes of success.

McNamara told Football Insider: “I think he’s been linked a couple of times to go to Rangers and it’s finally happened. They’ve managed to get him at long last, they’ll see it as a great addition.

“It’s a good sign that their manager (Hasenhuttl) is saying things like that. It’s a great addition for them. It’s about getting the right players in, it’s very important as we’ve seen in the last few years.” 

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Mark Allen spent just over two years in his position at Rangers, playing a crucial role in the recruitment of players as well as leading the development of the club’s training ground and facilities.

Prior to Saturday’s fixtures in the Scottish Premiership, Rangers sit at the top of the table, leading fierce rivals Celtic by one point.

In other Rangers news, Paul Robinson has been left drooling over one Ibrox ace who has been a “great signing”.