Ross Wilson has a growing influence at Rangers but Steven Gerrard is the “most important man at the club”.
That is according to ex-Aberdeen and Leeds United striker Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the dynamic at Ibrox as their remarkable season reaches new heights.
Rangers booked a place in the last eight of the Scottish League Cup with an emphatic 4-0 win on Sunday that extended their unbeaten run to 23 matches in all competitions.
Whelan claimed great credit most go to the board of directors for their ambition in recent transfer windows but Gerrard is the most significant figure in the overhaul.
Asked by Football Insider about the most influential figures behind the scenes at Ibrox, he said:
“You look at the board and the chairman (Douglas Park) for investing in the playing squad and backing the manager.
“That is reaping dividends, and the money spent on Ryan Kent and the likes of Jermain Defoe and Kemar Roofe is looking smart business.
“Clearly, Rangers are buying well and credit to Ross Wilson and the recruitment team for that. There have been some really smart buys, and plenty of that have cost nothing, just the wages.
“Is Ross Wilson now bigger than Gerrard? I don’t think you can say that. Steven Gerrard picks the team, chooses the players, decides the tactics, manages and motivates everyone, deals with all the issues.
“He carries the can if everything doesn’t work and he is the man ultimately responsible. You can see he has a huge influence and say on everything, and that will only increase if Rangers win a trophy or the league.
“Credit to the board and to Ross Wilson for some smart decisions, but, for me, Steven is the main man.”