If there’s one figurehead who has escaped a level of heavy criticism, it’s not just Ross Wilson, it’s Mark Allen before him, ergo, the absolutely shambolic Director of Football in general at Ibrox.
Brought in by Dave King’s regime initially, the DoF has been an oft-criticised role but never truly a position held to actual account in the way Steven Gerrard and Giovanni van Bronckhorst have been, but it’s clear the title is utterly redundant and simply isn’t fit for purpose.
While there’s been some good stuff done by the man in that role (Mark Allen got Steven Gerrard and Ross Wilson got Hagi on a super cheap deal), generally the work done by the DoF has been poor and led in no small part to just two trophies since appointment.
Yes, there was the Seville final, and now the qualification for the UCL, but are we to credit Wilson with either of these?
Because the big, BIG failure this summer was recruitment, and tellingly, exits.
No one can tell us now that Niko Katic and Leon Balogun were wise to go – Katic for a minimal fee to Switzerland (where he’s doing great btw) and Balogun for free to QPR (where he’s doing great btw), given the absolute mess we’ve ended up in in defence.
And ergo, how much of that falls to chance, and how much falls on Ross Wilson given he’s more than happy to take credit for the successes?
In his interviews he blinds us with lots of big words and corporate jargon, whereas the reality is the plan he claims the club has in place, the strategy and the general infrastructure doesn’t seem to be working.
Rangers have spent £50M in four years (yes, really) and have two trophies and a Euro final to show for it. It’s not horrible, it’s not a complete fail, but that miraculous run to Seville really does gloss over subpar results in general despite that budget.
We should have won more than this, it’s that simple. Even if we were to say the leagues were tough due to Celtic’s superior budget, we won 55 and let it completely go afterwards and the cups, most of which didn’t even have Celtic in them, were a diabolical fail. That falls more on the board for their atrocious running of the club after March 21, but it still comes under the remit of Wilson too.
And that’s the pattern – every club failure related to the playing side is under Wilson’s jurisdiction – he’s the overlord.
And on that level he’s fallen way short of the standards required by Rangers.
He talks a good game, he speaks like he knows exactly what he’s doing, but the results don’t mirror this at all.
Maybe it’s time to dump the Director of Football role entirely.