John Park to replace Ross Wilson at Rangers discussed by pundit as millions wasted by Ibrox chief
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Tam McManus doubts John Park will be seen as a replacement for Ross Wilson as Rangers’ sporting director but he does think the Ibrox chief has one last chance in Govan.
Rangers fans have been protesting against Wilson’s reign as the club’s sporting director due to years of failed dealings in the transfer market.
Ryan Kent and Alfredo Morelos – two of the club’s best players in the last five or six years – look set to leave on free transfers this summer.
John Souttar, Tom Lawrence, Rabbi Matondo and Ridvan Yilmaz were among the signings in the summer but all have been plagued by injuries or have struggled to break into the team under both Giovanni van Bronckhorst and Michael Beale.
Yilmaz was signed for £5million from Besiktas in July, as per Sky Sports.
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Park is currently the Gers’ chief scout but has been linked with a director of football job at Hibernian [Scottish Sun].
McManus doesn’t see Park replacing Wilson as he feels the former Southampton and Huddersfield transfer chief will be afforded one more transfer window in charge at Ibrox.
“John Park’s already there as a chief scout and I think he and Ross Wilson are pretty close,” McManus told Ibrox News.
“With Wilson, I think he’ll get this summer to see if he can get closer to Celtic.
“They’re shopping in a different market to Celtic because I think Celtic have probably got more money to spend on transfer fees.
“Rangers have spent some fees already. £5million, I think, was spent on Ridvan Yilmaz and he’s nowhere to be seen.
“ Those types of transfers, £2million, £3million or £4million, they’ve got to be big hits.
“You can’t throw away money.
“Ross will get another summer at Rangers to get closer to Celtic, he and Michael Beale are close.
“Park has been linked with the director of football job at Hibs.
“I don’t know if he’s happy with his job at Ibrox at the minute but I don’t think he’ll replace Wilson.”
In other Rangers news, Ally McCoist has shared his “penny-pinching” verdict on a player reportedly agreeing to quit Ibrox.