By Alex McLeish

2nd Oct, 2021 | 8:00pm

McLeish thrilled by Wilson reveal at Rangers after new Ibrox deal is agreed

Alex McLeish has hailed the “great relationship” at Rangers between manager Steven Gerrard and sporting director Ross Wilson.

The former Gers boss, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, said relationships with key backroom staff were “absolutely fundamental” during his managerial career.

As quoted by the Daily Record last week (September 24th), Gerrard claimed Wilson had worked his “magic” in convincing Rangers midfielder Glen Kamara to sign a new deal at Ibrox.

The former Liverpool midfielder admitted he left the sporting director to “do his job” and was “patient” in his bid to extend Kamara’s stay at the club.

The Finland international finally signed on at Ibrox following initial talks almost a year ago.

The midfielder has committed his future to the club until 2025, after Football Insider exclusively revealed summer interest from Premier League giants Arsenal.

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McLeish highlighted the importance of backroom staff like Wilson and heaped praise Gerrard for breaking the mould of the archetypal manager.

“Back in the day, it was chief scouts and the relationships with them and the managers were absolutely fundamental,” he told Football Insider‘s Russell Edge.

“Nowadays, you have sporting directors and it’s a different title and a different approach – with all the incredible access all over the world, stats and such.

“It’s too much for the manager to do by himself.

“Well done to Ross Wilson and Steven Gerrard because you sometimes hear stories about managers not getting on or agreeing with these types of figures.

“It seems like they have a great relationship.”

Wilson accrued experience in a similar role with Premier League side Southampton before moving to the Scottish giants.

He also had spells with Falkirk and Watford.

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