Ross Wilson, 39, has been hired by Nottingham Forest as its new sporting director after a compensation arrangement between the club and Rangers was reached.
The Scot takes over for Filippo Giraldi, who was fired from his position with the Premier League side hours earlier on Wednesday after only six months on the job.
Wilson worked for Watford, Huddersfield Town, and Southampton before signing with Rangers in October 2019.
However, some Rangers supporters have criticized several of his signings.
In order to prepare for their return to the top division, Forest made a British record 22 signings in the summer, and Giraldi joined them in October. The Italian also oversaw their January transfer splurge.
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However, they fell into the relegation zone after Saturday’s loss to Aston Villa, just days after owner Evangelos Marinakis declared that Steve Cooper’s team’s performance “must improve immediately.”
Wilson had an influence both on and off the field, according to Rangers chairman John Bennett, who also noted that the club’s transfer fee record was twice broken during his tenure with the departures of defenders Nathan Patterson and Calvin Bassey to Everton and Ajax, respectively.
He remarked that his legacy will be the advancement of the Rangers Training Centre into a world-class setting and the successful integration of our women’s program.
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Wilson served as the director of football administration and development for Falkirk before becoming well-known.
Before holding top football operations positions with Huddersfield, Southampton, and Rangers—and serving as a board member at his most recent three clubs—he was Watford’s football business director.
He assisted Steven Gerrard in leading Rangers to the Scottish championship, chose Giovanni van Bronckhorst as his replacement when the Glasgow team advanced to the Europa League final, and then signed Michael Beale from Queens Park Rangers after the Dutchman was fired this season.
Fans recently raised a flag calling for managing director Stewart Robertson and Wilson to leave the club, despite the fact that Celtic is prepared to defend the title after winning it back last season.
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“This is a great club and there are so many reasons for Rangers to face the decades ahead with optimism and pride,” Wilson said as he left, wishing his old team well.