The Ross Wilson connection to Southampton has reared its head this morning after the St Mary’s side parted company with Austrian boss Ralph Hasenhüttl amid links between Rangers and the now-former boss of Joe Aribo’s new side.
With current Ibrox boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s Rangers future starting to look extremely shaky following another bad result, Southampton took action on their own manager and relieved Hasehuttl of his position, and with Ross Wilson still director at Rangers, the Southampton angle could very much be en vogue and see the Austrian possibly being eyed up for a reunion with Wilson.
Wilson was, lest we forget, Rangers’ first choice when Mark Allen was DoF, and once Allen moved on it left Wilson available to finally come to Ibrox – it’s entirely possible when Steven Gerrard quit that Wilson wanted his old partner the Austrian to come north but of course Southampton were doing fine at that point and it wasn’t going to happen.
With Ralph currently unemployed and Gio’s jacket on that very wobbly peg, could Wilson have him in line to replace the Dutchman and take the Ibrox hotseat?
Many would argue Wilson himself needs replaced too, but we’re just reporting the facts as they are in black and white and his old choice for Southampton manager could well come north to replace Gio if it comes to that, with his having appointed the Austrian in 2018 before himself leaving for Rangers a year later.
Of course, we have no idea yet if Gio actually is going to make his way out of Rangers – it’s up to the board, who, equally fans have absolutely zero trust and faith in these days. But it’s results based and GVB isn’t getting enough to defend his own position, admitting he’s out of ideas and can do little more than what he is.
Hardly reassuring. Would Hasenhuttl be any better? We can’t really say yes or no, because he still has a broken squad and rotten board to deal with – any new manager at Rangers would.
But it does look like the end of the road is coming for Gio.