By Doug Ward

23rd Mar, 2023 | 4:10am

Rare Ross Wilson masterstroke at Rangers as Real Madrid transfer speculation emerges at Auchenhowie

Not many Rangers fans have had a good word to say about Ross Wilson this season.

Sure, the newly-dubbed “director of failure” has been responsible for some truly shocking recruitment in his time in the Ibrox boardroom. However, you cannot deny that he’s pulled off the odd stunner.

Selling Calvin Bassey to Ajax for up to £23million and making up to £10million on the sale of Joe Aribo to Southampton are great pieces of business. Last January, Everton signed Ibrox youth product Nathan Patterson for a deal worth £16million.

It’s fair to say that Wilson’s better at selling players for good sums of money than he is signing players.

But he has, in fairness, signed a player in the last 12 months who’s causing shockwaves at Auchenhowie having caught the eye of Spanish titans Real Madrid.

According to a report by 90min on 13 March, 16-year-old Rice “is being watched closely by some of Europe’s biggest clubs”.

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The Scotland Under-17s defensive midfielder only joined the Gers last summer from Motherwell but his development has already caught the eye of Real Madrid, Monaco, Porto, Borussia Dortmund, RB Leipzig and Bayer Leverkusen.

Not even Alfredo Morelos has been linked with as many clubs as Rice has.

Rice is only 16 but has already made his senior Rangers debut.

Michael Beale, who is said to be a “huge fan” of the Scottish sensation, played Rice in the final few minutes of the Light Blues’ 3-0 Scottish Premiership win away at Livingston on 18 February.

While we’d rather hang onto Rice due to the potential he’s showing, it’ll be extremely difficult to stop him from joining a club like Real Madrid if they were to make a move for him.

If Wilson remains in his job at Ibrox – as much as we don’t want that – and a move is made for Rice, the least he can do is use his talent at squeezing clubs for as much money as possible to land the Gers a hefty profit on the teenage ace.

In other Rangers news, an ex-SFA official wants a Celtic player banned against Rangers for a “horrible incident”.