Rangers confirm Southampton’s Ross Wilson as new sporting director

Rangers have appointed Ross Wilson as the clubs new sporting manager after he abandoned his role as director of football operations in Southampton.
Mark Allen, who abandoned his position at Ibrox last month is replaced by wilson.
The 36-year-old had been linked with a transfer to Glasgow however stayed on the shore.
He will now return to operate alongside manager Steven Gerrard and also spent four-and-a-half years in the Premier League side after working in a variety of functions at Watford Falkirk and Huddersfield Town.
Primarily, and I am certain it goes without saying, I am delighted to be joining Rangers. During recent weeks Ive had really positive talks with the club, Wilson told the Rangers site.
The vision and passion shared together by the board by Steven in terms of the plans to continue to construct the club are exciting. It was important exactly what culture and the soccer model in the club should look like moving forward and that the club and I shared the exact same comprehension of what this role is.
The board are resolute in all our discussions now and when we talked in the past about what the club should look like and I am proud that they believe that I can help assemble the club upon standards which we all agree are right for Rangers.
Having worked in soccer direction for the last 15 years and for almost a decade in England today is a good period for me to return to Glasgow and become part of the renowned club. Im excited to begin.
Steven and his training staff do a fantastic job with things about the pitch, together with the players naturally. I know some of the squad already and the others I will be able to understand quickly in the coming months. Steven and Im in regular contact and I am looking forward to working with him developing our relationship further.
Wilson said his role will see him coping with all the clubs surgeries andsoccer infrastructure, that will incorporate the Rangers academy.
This function is of course about continued the development and growth of the clubs football operations along with football infrastructure across the whole club, he added. In that respect I am looking forward to working in and creating all areas of our soccer divisions and none more than the academy together with Craig Mulholland and his team.
I have chosen to leave an excellent job and people who I am really close to. Southampton isnt a simple spot to leave and it had to be a really intriguing opportunity to contemplate leaving what I had there.
This task, at this stage in my career, was one that I felt I had to take and Im both excited and determined to make sure that in working together with the board, Steven and all our team we can continue to construct an excellent, contemporary soccer infrastructure and also a winning Rangers.
Before going to oversee the clubs football operations wilson joined Southampton in 2015 as director of recruiting and scouting.
Southampton CEO Martin Semmens explained:From the minute Ross made me aware of the opportunity to return home to Scotland, it was clear this was an opportunity he couldnt turn down at this time.
I would like to place on record, on behalf of everybody involved in the team, our thanks to the tireless hard work and vitality Ross has contributed to Saints over the previous five decades. 15th 13, ross will depart the club on Tuesday with our best wishes.
As the club has made clear over the past six months, were reviewing our football and non-football surgeries, to make sure we are best positioned to allow a successful future for Your Southampton Way. Well now seek to create a new Football Director in keeping with this vision to the club

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