ROSS Wilson says he couldn’t turn down the opportunity to come to Rangers for a second time, after accepting the invitation to become the club’s Sporting Director.
Wilson was approached in the past by the Ibrox board to leave his role as Southampton’s Director of Football Operations but says he felt a loyalty to the club he joined after similar roles with Falkirk, Watford and Huddersfield Town.
Now he hopes to bring that loyalty to the Gers and the long term project he has committed himself to in Glasgow, to build a “strong Rangers.”
Explaining to RangersTV, he said: “I hope that anybody who has worked with me in any of my previous roles would understand that one of my big qualities in loyalty.
“When I was approached about this job initially, a couple of years ago, it was hugely exciting for me and flattering.
“There was a big opportunity at that moment in time to come and join the journey that the club was on at that time but I felt I owed Southampton more at that time.
“That club has gone through a lot of changes and it was a club that I had a huge affection for, both the people that I worked for and the people I worked with at the time.
“I wasn’t ready to leave that but the challenge here was a big pull and I have gone on record to say it was a hugely difficult decision for me to turn down at that time.
“When it came around this time it was a different set of circumstances and it was something I couldn’t turn down for a second time.
“I certainly see a big future, everybody sees the size and magnitude of the club and everybody also knows the journey it has been on in recent times.
“In the last couple of years we have certainly seen the club lay a lot of strong foundations. Ultimately we have to make every area of this club excellent again.
“One of my big roles in my role here as Sporting Director is to make sure that whether we are talking about the scouting team, women’s football, the training centre we are sitting in here today or medical and sports science, we want everything here to be as good as it can possibly be.
“I used the word relentless earlier and every time we achieve something we need to not pat ourselves on the back but look and see what is next. We must build a really strong Rangers again, in every shape and form.”
With his background at clubs ranging the financial pyramid, which now controls football, Wilson believes he bring good experience on his return to Scottish football.
He hails from Scotland and joined Falkirk in 2004 as Head of Football Development but moved to England in 2011 and has stayed south of the border since.
Wilson said: “I have gone on record many times to say the experience I had at Falkirk back at the start stood me in such great stead because I got to experience so many areas of the club.
“I got such a broad remit there to understand the workings of a football club. Then the budgets at Watford, Huddersfield and Southampton have all been different sizes.
“The development of my network has probably been the thing that has been more pertinent for me on my journey south of the border, to establish a strong network of contacts and information.
“I know Glasgow, I know what Scottish football is and I know what Rangers are. Hopefully I can bring all those experiences into the mix and for the betterment of Rangers going forward.”