Ferguson expecting big things from Wilson

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Goalkeeper Andy Firth says the decision to join Rangers was the easiest of his career after penning an 18-month deal at Ibrox.

Former Rangers captain Barry Ferguson is backing new Sporting Director Ross Wilson to revolutionise the club's transfer ethos.

The Gers confirmed on Monday that Wilson had been appointed to the role after leaving Southampton and has previously performed similar duties at Falkirk, Watford and Huddersfield Town.

Predecessor Mark Allen stepped down in September due to family reasons and the new man is expected to get down to business straight away.

Rangers’ strong start to the season sees them top of the Scottish Premiership after eight matches but Steven Gerrard will be looking for winter reinforcements to ensure his team do not lose impetus.

Wilson has developed a reputation for discovering young talent and then spinning a profit, bring former Celtic duo Victor Wanyama and Virgil van Dijk to Southampton before selling them for hefty fees to Tottenham and Liverpool for £13.6m and £75m respectively.

Ferguson is confident the 36-year-old can employ his skills to find some rough diamonds to first inspire the team and then sell on for significant money.

“He looks like he is the right guy for the job,” Ferguson told PLZ Soccer. “I had seen that Steven Gerrard had said that they were delighted that they went and got him. Hopefully, he will come up and do a similar job to the one he did at Southampton and Falkirk.

“I think that’s what they have identified Wilson as. One of these guys can go and do the same thing. I am sure he can because he has done that at Southampton as well.”

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