Ross Wilson has revealed his excitement at the prospect of working with Steven Gerrard to bring a "winning Rangers" onto the Ibrox pitch in his new role as Sporting Director.

The 36-year-old departs Premier League side Southampton to take up his new position at Gers next month.

Having knocked back the role two years ago, Wilson decided he could not pass it up a second time after Mark Allen left last month for "family reasons".

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And he has now detailed his plans to work with the manager and academy to get the best out of the Light Blues.

He told the club website: "The vision and passion shared collectively by the Board and by Steven in terms of the plans to continue to build the Club are exciting. 

"Equally it was important that both the Club and I shared the same understanding of the what this role is and what the football model and culture inside the club needs to look like going forward.

"The board have been resolute in all of our discussions both now and when we spoke in the past about what the Club needs to look like and I am proud that they believe that I can help build the Club upon standards that we all agree are right for Rangers.

"Having worked in football leadership for the last 15 years and for almost a decade in England now is a good time for me to return to Glasgow and be a part of this famous club. I am excited to start next month.

"Steven and his coaching team are doing a great job with things on the pitch, along with the players of course. I know some of the squad already and the others I will get to know quickly in the coming weeks. 

"Steven and I are in regular contact and I am looking forward to working with him and developing our relationship further.

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"This role is of course about continuing the development and growth of the Club’s football operations and football infrastructure across the whole club. 

"In that regard I am looking forward to working in and developing all areas of our football departments and none more so than the Academy with Craig Mulholland and his team."

Wilson enjoyed four years on the South Coast with Saints and was at the centre of Virgil Van Dijk's move south among other players heading to St Mary's.

He also previously spent time at Falkirk, Watford and Huddersfield.

And while he admits he's left Southampton with a heavy heart, the new job at Rangers was too exciting to turn down.

"I have chosen to leave a fantastic job and people who I am really close to," he added.

"Southampton isn’t an easy place to leave and it had to be a really interesting opportunity to consider leaving behind what I had there.

"This job, at this stage in my career, was one I felt I had to take and I am both excited and determined to ensure that in working together with the board, Steven and all of our staff we can continue to build an excellent, modern football infrastructure and a winning Rangers."