We’ve banged on a lot lately about Steven Gerrard and his impressive impact particularly this season.
We’ve looked at how Mark Allen basically got him in the door, and how Gerrard has worked closely with Michael Beale especially to produce the system we have now.
But of course there’s one more massive piece of the puzzle which seems to just have been the part to push Rangers in the absolute right direction and complete the picture.
Ross Wilson was Rangers’ original choice of DoF, but the-then Southampton supremo didn’t want to come home just yet, and it wasn’t the right time for him.
Rangers went with Man City’s Youth chief Mark Allen instead, and when Allen moved on late last year, Rangers finally saw the opening to get their first choice in.
And we have to say, his impact may be just as important as anything Gerrard has done himself.
Wilson, of course, is in charge of football operations off the pitch, he manages, deals, scouts and sorts out all the admin/agent/management off the pitch to let Stevie and co. deal with everything on the pitch while also picking the players they want.
And if one thing has been pretty efficient this calendar year, it’s been the signings made, and the dead wood shifted.
The shape of the squad, while Steven Gerrard’s vision of course, has been secured by Wilson – he is the one thinning the herd, getting shot of the players we don’t need, and securing the deals on the players we want.
As influential as Steven Gerrard and his reputation are, they alone cannot quite do the job – that is where Wilson comes in.
And the squad now is without any doubt the strongest it’s been since the days of Walter, perhaps even more so.
That side of it, making that stuff happens – that’s Wilson’s territory, and the impact he’s made since late last year, especially in the last transfer window, cannot be underestimated.
We really do feel like we’re in safe hands – sure, we’ll still make the odd duff signing or two. That stuff goes with the territory.
But at present we can’t count a single player we’d legitimately say has no use and we want rid of. And that’s in a huge part down to Wilson and his wheeling and dealing behind the scenes.
No wonder we wanted him so badly.