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Rangers’ incoming new chief Ross Wilson previously admitted turning down Celtic


Rangers’ incoming new chief Ross Wilson previously admitted turning down Celtic

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard is said to be behind the appointment of Wilson at Ibrox.

Rangers are set to announce Southampton’s director of football operations Ross Wilson as their new director of football, taking over from Mark Allen who left the club last month. 

As reported by the Scottish Sun over the weekend, Steven Gerrard is fully behind the decision and Rangers see the Ibrox appointment as a ‘major coup’. 

Rangers fans might also like to hear that Wilson once rejected their Old Firm rivals Celtic. 

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Wilson discussed the opportunity with the BBC back in 2015. The report stated that Wilson had the chance to work at Celtic when he was still in his role at Falkirk. 


Former Celtic chief scout John Park was key to the potential move but Wilson had other plans in mind. As he told the BBC, Wilson wanted to try his hand in England rather than head to Parkhead. In May 2011 he did just that, taking up a role at Watford. 

“How many times do you get the opportunity to join Celtic? Probably once. The success that John Park has had at Celtic in terms of player recruitment is huge. 

“I’m close with John and he’s been a huge influence on me as well. That was a big decision, but it was for the same reason, that I had something else in mind.”

But it seems Wilson is now ready to return to Scottish football but it will not be with Celtic. 

Instead, he will be tasked with continuing the good work Allen had done at Ibrox and help Rangers continue bridging the gap to their fiercest rivals. 

Rangers fans will certainly love to rub it in the face of Celtic if Wilson goes on to play a key role in a change of dominance.

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