THE Rangers board have been big fans of Ross Wilson for a long time now and it is a real coup to get him from Southampton after he was appointed as Sporting Director.

When Mark Allen left his position as Director of Football a few weeks ago, Rangers quickly made their move to Ross and he will start at Ibrox next month.

I always remember his name being mentioned during his Falkirk days and he has been spoken about very highly for a long time now.

He arrives at Rangers with an impressive CV after also working for Watford and Huddersfield and, despite only being 36, he has a lot of Premier League experience after a few years at Southampton.

There will be a lot of focus on his signings from the supporters and hopefully his contacts in the game will pay dividends for Rangers in the transfer market.

Ross is still a young man but he is clearly good at what he does and it says a lot about how highly Rangers regard him that they moved for him so swiftly in recent weeks.

He is someone that is at the top of his game and hopefully he can come in and have a real impact across all areas of the club.

I have heard a lot about Ross but I haven’t met him yet. I am looking forward to meeting him when he comes in and seeing him at work.

He obviously spoke to Steven Gerrard before accepting the position and the relationship he has with the manager will be so important going forward.

The board have a vision for where Rangers are heading and Ross clearly shares those ambitions as the club continues to grow on the park and in areas like the Academy.

It looks a really good move for Rangers but, like every deal in football, only time will tell how successful he will actually be.