By Wayne Veysey

5th Mar, 2017 | 1:02pm

Shattering Rangers blow as top target rejects offer - reports

By Alex Stevens

Ross Wilson is set to reject Rangers’ offer to become the club’s new director of football, according to a report.

The Daily Record claim that Southampton transfer guru Wilson is the club’s top target to take on the newly created role at Ibrox.

But it is said that it is now “highly unlikely” that the Premier League club’s head of recruitment and scouting will leave his current role.

This is a shattering blow for Rangers, who have identified Wilson as the man they want to head up the club’s revamped management structure.

Reports earlier in the week stated that they wanted to unveil the 34-year-old by this weekend but their plan has not come to fruition.

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It means that the Rangers board will need to go back to the drawing board in fill the director of football post.

The Daily Record report that the club could turn to Tottenham head of recruitment Paul Mitchell, who was interviewed at the first stage of the process.

The club are also in the process of interviewing managers and it has been widely reported they will first settle on the director of football and have him in place before unveiling the new man in the dugout.

Little known Portugese Pedro Caixinha is the frontrunner to replace Mark Warburton, who left in acrimonious circumstances more than three weeks ago.

Rangers chiefs have sanctioned a complete revamp of the club’s football activities following a wretched campaign in which they have failed to offer any challenge to bitter rivals Celtic.

The Light Blues are 33 points adrift of the runaway Scottish league leaders, who are closing in on a sixth consecutive title.

Second-placed Aberdeen are also six points clear of Rangers, who got their campaign back on track with a 3-2 triumph against St Johnstone at Ibrox on Wednesday night.

Rangers Under-20s coach Murty has overseen the club’s last five matches, which have yielded three wins and two defeats.

They demolished Scottish Premiership rivals Hamilton 6-0 on Saturday to book a place in the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup.

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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