By Jack Cunningham

9th Sep, 2021 | 2:10pm

Rangers sporting director Wilson reveals that Steven Gerrard was a big factor in him joining the club

Rangers sporting director Ross Wilson has revealed that Steven Gerrard was a big factor in him leaving Southampton to move to Ibrox.

Speaking exclusively to 90min, Wilson went into great detail about various topics on his career and the Gers.

He claims that he had a great relationship with Ralph Hasenhuttl and wouldn’t have left Southampton if he didn’t think he would have a great relationship with Gerrard.

He said: “I was so happy at Southampton, and one of the reasons was my relationship with Ralph Hasenhuttl, who [became] a very close friend of mine and still is.

“I wouldn’t have left my relationship with him for something that I thought wouldn’t work.

“As soon as I met Stevie, within five minutes of meeting him, I knew we would get on great, and I don’t mean that tongue in cheek. I knew we would have that relationship.”

Gerrard was a key factor behind Wilson’s move.

It seems as if had Rangers had another manager in charge or someone with who Wilson couldn’t have a relationship with, then the Gers would have missed out on the Scotsman.

In his time in football, Wilson has developed a huge reputation and was responsible for helping Southampton sign the likes of Virgil van Dijk and Danny Ings [BBC].

So, he is a canny operator in the transfer market, and it seems as if Gerrard was a big factor in convincing him to move back to Scotland.

Now, you could argue that some of his signings so far at Ibrox haven’t sparked into life, but he is still a big name in the world of football, and the club should be grateful to have him.

They should also be grateful to Gerrard for helping convince him to move to Glasgow and start his new career.

In other Rangers news, the club are looking to sign a sensation in 2022.