As we alluded to in the last piece, Rangers’ Director of Football Ross Wilson adamantly defended John Souttar and the signing of him, considering it an investment and that the lad is a top defender who will work out just fine at Ibrox.
Now, there’s a caveat – Ross Wilson is not going to criticise a single Rangers player, and frankly we appreciate that he has his men’s backs. From what our information understands, Souttar was not a signing Wilson actually endorsed, or, back then, Giovanni van Bronckhorst, but in fact was mainly initiated by certain board members.
But it is Wilson’s job to bring those players in, the players GVB wanted or that others wanted – and ultimately, it was Gio who finally endorsed the capture of the-then Hearts man – because, despite information to the contrary, Wilson doesn’t sign football players – he just carries out the negotiations and get the contracts in place.
And the fact he’s defended Souttar with his life, and his reputation speaks well for the fact the club will stick up for its players, its employees, as long as they’re not blatantly doing something bad. Think covid.
But Souttar is just injured, and the fact Wilson is defending him, his career, and the signing of him is a bit of a change from the days when Lee Wallace and Kenny Miller were hauled over the coals of Ibrox under Mark Allen and Graeme Murty.
We actually have a regime that may actually back its players up now, which is how it should be.
Is Wilson actually factually correct about Souttar? Who knows – he sees more of the lad than us fans do, but aside showing up at Auchenhowie and Ibrox training on his own because it’s his day job, we’re not sure Souttar does a lot aside his coffee shop. But Wilson is the head of the players, the capture of them, and he will defend them come what may.
Unfortunately, the manner of his conduct in doing so is a bit stubborn, arrogant and condescending, speaking down to others (which is ironic given his height) and the man could learn a little humility in addressing his fellow person.
But Souttar being a ‘project’ we guess is something we have to take his word on because we’ve put a few quid in the lad.
Hopefully he’s back sometime soon.