By Peter Lynch

18th Oct, 2023 | 9:10am

Rangers chief holds behind-the-scenes talks with Philippe Clement over another new Ibrox appointment

Rangers CEO James Bisgrove has had a conversation with new manager Philippe Clement about appointing a new sporting director.

The Ibrox outfit currently don’t have a sporting director in place, with Ross Wilson most recently employed in that role.

He left the Scottish outfit for Premier League club Nottingham Forest earlier this year, as per the official Rangers website (12 April).

When asked if the club will appoint a sporting director, Bisgrove replied, as quoted by the Daily Record: “That’s a conversation I’ve had with Philippe and with the board. We all recognise the leadership is fundamental.

“We have a football board with a number of leaders, John Park, Greig Robertson, the chairman, myself and the manager.

“We’ve got a strong group that will implement the strategy and make key decisions. But we do believe a technical director will add additional value and it’s a live conversation we’re having.”


Rangers have been busy in recent times when it comes to appointing a new manager, but the powers that be can now focus on other areas following the appointment of Clement.

And one main area that Bisgrove and Co. look certain to focus on is the appointment of a new sporting director. The Ibrox outfit have not got many transfers spot on in recent times, with that area proving particularly costly for former manager Michael Beale.

Poor results undoubtedly played a major role in his dismissal earlier this month, but so did his recruitment, with Beale bringing nine new players to the club in the summer transfer window.

Hardly any have hit the heights expected of them in these early stages, with the former Gers boss also in the dugout when the likes of Ryan Kent and Alfredo Morelos left for free at the end of last season.

A new sporting director will definitely ease the pressure on new boss Clement in the upcoming January transfer window.

In other Rangers news, a BBC Sport journalist has shared a “big” problem that Clement must “tackle” to succeed at Ibrox.