Rangers look set to appoint Ross Wilson as their new director of football. According to the Scottish Sun, the Ibrox club will announce his appointment on Monday, as a replacement for Mark Allen who left the club for family reasons last month.
The Southampton director of football operations has a fine reputation in the game, especially due to his role in bringing Virgil van Dijk to the South Coast from Rangers’ fierce rivals Celtic.
The Sun report that Rangers consider his appointment a ‘major coup’ and will hope he can help shape the club for years to come behind the scenes.
But Rangers fans might not like to see some of the reactions Southampton fans have had to the news.
Plenty of Saints supporters are actually happy to see that Wilson is on his way out of the club.
This is largely due to Southampton’s more recent track record in the transfer market. The club has signed the likes of Guido Carrillo, Wesley Hoedt and Sofiane Boufal for big money with little success.
Carrillo is on his second loan spell at Leganes after failing to ignite, Hoedt is on loan at Royal Antwerp after struggling with the pace of the Premier League whilst Boufal is trying to repair his career at St Mary’s after a difficult start and a loan spell at Celta Vigo.
Other names, such as Mario Lemina and Mohamed Elyounoussi, have also failed to impress.
Rangers fans will just hope that Wilson proves to be the big hit the club expects.
Just dont tell rangers fans hes leaving us with £60million of useless players, bought and now out on loan. Totally out of his depth in the Premier League. He should of been sacked.
— Matt (@upthesaints) October 12, 2019
Thank god for that, massively massively overrated, terrible transfer dealings for #saintsfc
— Graeme K. Massie (@MassieLAX) October 12, 2019
Ross Wilson had much more control over the debacle of Carrillo, Lemina, Elyounoussi etc than what’s known about. I know someone who works at Staplewood and when Les was sacked they even said the club had sacked the wrong man. Wilson leaving is good for the club no doubt
— Sparky2662 (@sparkythebabler) October 12, 2019
Ross Wilson will be a loss but it’s not going to be catastrophic. The January window looks unpromising regardless of him being around or not given a lack of funds available. Losing Hasenhuttl would be a bigger loss by a mile. Everyone just needs to calm down? #SaintsFC
— Dan Hargraves (@danhargraves_) October 12, 2019
Ross Wilson leaving doesn’t change anything really. Just will be used as an excuse if it goes wrong for the rest of the season. #SaintsFC
— Jay (@ffsJxy) October 12, 2019
There is no way Ralph can be happy with efforts in summer transfer window. To not have a dynamic box to box midfielder and to not get a CB in as a matter of urgency stinks. No way was Danso on short list at start of window. Ross Wilson taxi to Glasgow please
— gregiola (@gregvul) October 10, 2019
Well given the current “directing” good!
— Roger Keith Walsh ??️ (@rogerkeith1) October 8, 2019
Hé can hardly claim to be a success based on what we fans are watching. Glad to see him go tbh
— Spencer Houghton (@SpencerHoughts) October 8, 2019