Rangers are finalising the paperwork on a deal for Southampton chief Ross Wilson to become their new director of football, Football Insider understands.

The 36-year-old has told the Premier League club he is leaving for Ibrox after accepted an offer from the Scottish Premiership leaders.

Ibrox sources have told Football Insider that an announcement is not imminent but there is a clear expectation that Wilson will be appointed, possibly after the international break.

It will bring a relatively quick end to a search for a new recruitment chief that began when Mark Allen quit the post for “family reasons” last month.

Wilson rejected the job two years ago but has been convinced that the timing is now right to join the reinvigorated club.

He is preparing to return to his native Scotland after quitting his role as head of football development at Falkirk in 2011 to head south of the border.

Wilson has worked his way up the recruitment ladder with senior roles at Watford and Huddersfield before he joined Southampton in 2015 as director of football operations.

Ex-Manchester City academy chief Allen returned to England last month just over two years after being appointed by Rangers.


He ended his spell by leading the negotiations for the £7.5million signing of Ryan Kent from Liverpool, the second-biggest in the club’s history.

Allen oversaw a radical overhaul of the playing staff while at the helm.

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