By Alex Stevens

Rangers have opened talks with Southampton recruitment chief Ross Wilson, according to a report.

BBC Scotland claim on the BBC Sport website that “discussions have been held” between the Ibrox club and Wilson.

It is said that the Southampton director of scouting and recruitment has been identified as Rangers’ number one target for the newly created director of football role.

BBC Scotland report that Wilson is weighing up whether to commit to Rangers for what is a more senior role than he currently has at the Premier League club.

Wilson, who has held recruitment and administrative posts at Falkirk, Huddersfield and Watford, has been targeted by the Scottish giants as they eye a major management restructure.

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Rangers are interviewing candidates to become both the new manager and the director of football role following the departures 17 days ago of Mark Warburton, David Weir and Frank McParland.

Former Liverpool and Brentford employee McParland was head of recruitment but the new position will have greater powers and a wider remit.

It is not known when Wilson will gave Rangers an answer as to whether he has accepted the director of football post.

The 34-year-old already has experience of working in Scottish football after spending seven years at Falkirk between 2004 and 2011 in a ‘head of football development and football administration role.’

He has since worked at Watford, Huddersfield and current club Southampton, who have all punched above their weight in recent years.

Rangers chiefs have sanctioned a major overhaul 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 nine points clear of Rangers, who have lost their last two league matches under caretaker manager Graeme Murty.

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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