Southampton’s director of football operations, Ross Wilson, is reportedly inching closer to a move to Scottish side Rangers after four years with the south coast side.
This comes from The Southern Daily Echo, who report that the club sees the departure as Wilson as the final piece in the puzzle for the Saints to truly start afresh following nearly a year of transition under manager Ralph Hasenhuttl.
Wilson will link up with Steven Gerrard at Rangers, who this season will be aiming to dethrone Celtic from their perch on top of the Scottish Premiership after years of dominance, with the European giants getting off to a strong start in the league.
The departure of Wilson also means that Southampton will be needing a new Director of Football, a position in the game that is becoming more important for clubs, and with Hasenhuttl previously managing RB Leipzig, a club known in Germany for their use of a DoF, the Saints will be expected to bring in an official who can take the club forward.
Indeed, the appointment of the right man could see Southampton return to their former heights in the Premier League where the Saints were regularly finishing in the top half of the table and bringing in some excellent players on the cheap.
The likes of Virgil van Dijk, Dusan Tadic and Sadio Mane were all signed by Southampton before the appointment of Wilson as the club’s director of football operations, and similar success stories could follow if the Saints find the right figure for Hasenhuttl’s grand plan for the team.
With Southampton’s two major summer signings this year in Che Adams and Moussa Djenepo have a mixed start to life on the south coast for different reasons, appointing someone bold and exciting to lead the club’s player recruitment could bring a new era to the Saints, and one that brings the glory back to Premier League side.