By Anthony Onifade

13th Apr, 2023 | 9:10am

Rangers set to receive fee as Ross Wilson completes switch to Nottingham Forest

Nottingham Forest have appointed former Rangers sporting director Ross Wilson as the club’s chief football officer, and the Gers are set to receive a fee, according to journalist Jonny McFarlane.

The Athletic reported on Tuesday (11 April) that the Premier League strugglers are in contact with the Gers with an aim to hire Wilson, 39, in a “senior football role” within the Midlands club.

Wilson, who has been Rangers’ sporting director since 2019, has now been appointed as the chief football officer after Forest confirmed the news on their website on Wednesday night [12 April]

And McFarlane reporting via his Twitter account [12 April] tweeted: “As reported elsewhere, the Ross Wilson deal is agreed and will go through in the next 24 hours.

“Rangers will receive a fee as part of the deal to take the sporting director to Nottingham.”


First Rangers official partner Heart & Hand podcast tweeted earlier on Wednesday [12 April] that the Gers sporting director was set to complete his move in the next 48 hours, now McFarlane is reporting that the deal will go through in the next 24 hours which will be rather conflicting for the Rangers faithful.

But, Wilson has now completed his move to Forest which comes as pleasing news to the Gers fans who desperately wanted him out of the door sooner rather than later, given all the protests and unrest brought towards the much-maligned figure for his significant role in the club’s poor transfer strategy and lack of leadership during his time at Ibrox.

Wilson did have his occasional transfer successes, including the big-money sales of Joe Aribo and Calvin Bassey, but these were few and far between.

On the whole, Wilson’s leadership of the club has been pretty torrid and disastrous. The lack of transfer strategy and planning over the last two years has resulted in Michael Beale possessing an ageing and a rather useless squad.

The Gers chief has come under mounting scrutiny over the past few months for the club’s poor recruitment strategy in comparison to their fierce rivals Celtic, an issue which came to light once again when Beale stated earlier in February he possessed a heavily bloated squad and that he’d like to cut the group down by 11 or 12 players this summer.

That job may seem difficult without a sporting director at the club, but Rangers will be hoping they can swiftly appoint a successor to help Beale significantly refine his squad this summer – and it looks like they may have the funds to complete a swift appointment too.

In other Rangers news, an official club partner has fired back at Michael Stewart after his latest comments.