If one person has gone VERY quiet the past few weeks it’s Director of Football Ross Wilson. Rangers’ ‘overseer’ of all football operations has been under major pressure in recent times, after it came to light essentially that he was in charge 100% of player transfers and Rangers’ significant deterioration this season is in no small part down to him.
Even more tellingly, Wilson was not part of the statement which (badly-worded) a goodbye to Giovanni van Bronckhorst, it being left to Rangers Chairman Douglas Park to make a rare comment instead, even if his punctuation, grammar and prose could use a lot of work.
No, Wilson was completely AWOL from proceedings, and hasn’t been heard from at all during this new Rangers managerial search, even although we would assume he’s spearheading the work to bring the new man into Ibrox.
Wilson, rightly or wrongly, is entirely keeping a low profile the past month or so, amid that tonne of pressure he is now under.
See, the Director of Football is the chief of Rangers’ football operations – he hires, fires, does the paperwork and ultimately has to be held responsible for every mistake made. Credit? He used to get a lot – he was praised hugely for getting Gio, for the big player profits in sales we’ve made in recent times, and for Sevilla. Steven Gerrard also spoke highly of him.
Ergo, he must also take heavy flack for the things that have gone wrong in Govan recently, and that essentially amounts to a poor strategy which didn’t seem to prepare for many eventualities at all.
Wilson is all talk in the interviews, speaking like a real businessman who sounds like he knows what he’s doing and appears to have strategies in place to deal with all situations. But the reality is a bit different, and while we cannot blame him every single thing going wrong right now, a lot of it does indeed fall on him.
Hence he remained absent from the exit of Gio, and has been extremely inconspicuous since then, and indeed prior too.
Is his time up? He is deeply unpopular with Rangers fans at present, something he doesn’t have to worry about when things are good on the pitch.
But as we said before, he has a lot of answers to make, and if he doesn’t give Michael Beale full reign as manager, if Beale ends up dancing Wilson’s song, the patterns under Gio will just come back again.
And Wilson’s position, if it isn’t already, may become untenable.