By Alex Stevens

Tottenham recruitment guru Paul Mitchell is the leading contender to become the Rangers director of football after a weekend twist, according to a report.

The Scottish Sun claim the Scottish giants will turn their sights to prising Mitchell from White Hart Lane after all but accepting defeat in their pursuit of Southampton’s Ross Wilson.

It is said that Rangers chiefs wanted to persuade Wilson, who is the Saints head of recruitment and scouting, to make the move north of the border.

But the 34-year-old former Falkirk, Huddersfield and Watford employee does not appear willing to leave his current role, which is a devastating blow for those among the Ibrox hierarchy and has forced a change of plan.

The Scottish Sun report that Spurs talent spotter Mitchell is now the man most firmly on the radar of the Rangers board for the newly created senior position.

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Other targets will also be interviewed for a post that is open to applications following a management restructure in the wake of the departure in acrimonious circumstances of Mark Warburton, David Weir and Frank McParland.

Mitchell, who has been Tottenham’s head of recruitment since following Mauricio Pochettino from Southampton in 2014, is available even though he is working an 18-month notice after handing in his resignation at the north London club last August.

There have been reports that Mitchell is leaving White Hart Lane after growing frustrated at the tight financial restrictions put in place by long-standing chairman Daniel Levy.

In other Rangers news, this is the huge sum lost by Mark Warburton after his behind-the-scenes manoeuvrings horribly backfired.

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