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Second time lucky for Rangers after netting Wilson

Delight: Stewart Robertson (pic: SNS Group)

It was second time lucky for Rangers after finally persuading Ross Wilson to become the club’s new sporting director.

The 36-year-old turned down the chance to move to Ibrox two years ago but has now decided the time is right to leave his post as Southampton’s director of football operations.

He replaces Mark Allen, who quit the club last month.

“It was important that both the club and I shared the same understanding of what this role is and what the football model and culture inside the club needs to look like going forward,” he said.

“The board have been resolute in all of our discussions both now and when we spoke in the past about what the club needs to look like and I am proud that they believe that I can help build the club upon standards that we all agree are right for Rangers.

“Having worked in football leadership for the last 15 years and for almost a decade in England now is a good time for me to return to Glasgow and be a part of this famous club. I am excited to start next month.

“This role is of course about continuing the development and growth of the club’s football operations and football infrastructure across the whole club.”

After graduating from the University of Strathclyde with a degree in Social Science, Ross joined Falkirk, where he spent seven years as head of football development and football administration.

While at Falkirk, he completed a Masters in Sports Management at Stirling University, before joining Watford as football business director.

He spent over a year in Watford, in a role which saw him responsible for player recruitment, contract negotiation, football administration, medical and sports science and academy and football development.

Ross left Watford in July 2012 when he took up the position of executive director and head of football operations at Huddersfield Town.

Rangers managing director Stewart Robertson added: “We have been aware of the capabilities and expertise of Ross for a long time and when we found we had to move for someone to fill the role left vacant by the departure of Mark Allen, we had no hesitation in looking again to Ross, who is highly regarded within the game.

“He has a terrific track record and he shares our view of what is required to restore Rangers as the dominant force in Scottish football. Ross also shares our vision, and that of our manager Steven Gerrard, of where we want to position this club in the years ahead.

“We are delighted Ross has chosen to join us to guide and add greater momentum to the progress already made. ”

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