Rangers are on the lookout for a new director of football, and according to The Daily Record, Ross Wilson has emerged as a potential candidate.

Steven Gerrard had previously been working with Mark Allen, but his recent departure has left the Scottish giants with a void to fill in the boardroom.

Wilson has been with Southampton since 2015 and has worked closely with Ralph Hasenhuttl to identify and recruit talent since the Austrian was appointed as the club’s manager last December.

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Losing Wilson would be a big blow. While he was involved in the acquisitions of some of our biggest flops in recent years, he has made some smart moves in the market since taking on a more involved role.

While the 35-year-old’s evident talent-spotting qualities would be missed, what would also come as a concern is how Hasenhuttl would feel about Wilson’s possible exit: after losing his right-hand man Danny Rohl to Bayern Munich in the summer, seeing another influential figure with whom he has worked closely leave could frustrate the boss.

Rangers could do far worse than move for Wilson, and it’s a potentially lucrative job for the Scotsman. However, Saints must stand firm if any approach is made, and ensure that he does not depart in the immediate future.

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