Many Rangers fans will be looking to Ross Wilson this January, as the new sporting director gets his first transfer window in at Ibrox. 

However, his role is much more than just first-team recruitment, as important as that might be.

Another vital part of the Rangers revolution under Steven Gerrard has been the youth set-up and massive strides have been taken there since the new manager took over.

The jury might still be out on Wilson from fans, but academy boss Craig Mullholland thinks his impact behind the scenes has already been huge.

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Talking in the Daily Record, Mullholland said, “Ross is relentless at what he does. He has real experience and every club he has left they have been in a good position.

“They promote young players and he understands the model here.

“I believe Ross will take us to another level. He wants us to see every day as being better than yesterday. We will push until we make this one of the best academies in Europe that is producing players on a regular basis.He has some really ambitious ideas.

“You look at his record, he puts a lot of the building blocks in place.

“He helped get Watford and Huddersfield to the Premier League due to that process. He managed a football programme at one of the best academies in Europe at Southampton and now we have him here.

“There is loads we can learn from him. In his first week or so he has met every coach from the Under-9s to the reserves as well as every player. He has watched most of the teams and met the parents.

“He is having an impact already and not just on the first team, but every level.”

There’s evidence of the changing youth set-up at Rangers.

The club now has 42 internationals from the U16s to the U21 set-ups, up from 14 a few years back.

Rangers U17s won the Al Kass Cup earlier this year and players like Lewis Mayo, Dapo Mebude and Josh McPake have all been training with the first team.

The results that really matter are in the Premiership but it’s very good to know that steps are in place to ensure that the silverware when it comes – and we believe that will be soon – is not a flash in the pan.

Wilson is set to be a big part of this.

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