The Mark Allen era at Ibrox is now a mere footnote in Rangers’ history and Ross Wilson is the man whose decision-making will be placed under immense scrutiny in the coming years.
The sale of Eros Grezda provided an early indication of what he’s planning on changing at the club, but a recent comment from reliable journalist Jordan Campbell gave an insight into what fans can expect in regard to their strategy with incoming signings.
Indeed, while commenting in his Q&A column on The Athletic, Campbell, who is the Rangers correspondent for the digital media outlet, was asked about the strategy fans can expect to see from Wilson in the market.
His response provided a relatively specific idea of the player profile he will be seeking: “I think all signings now will be in that age bracket of 20-24 with sell on potential. No squad signings for the sake of numbers.”
Rangers’ decision to appoint Ross Wilson as the club’s … in October 2019 evoked intrigue amongst the fanbase and the new recruit has already started impressing with his ability to get players out of the door.
Grezda has been removed from the wage bill while Greg Docherty and Jamie Murphy look set for imminent loan deals to English sides.
But it is Campbell’s admission about the type of player he will be targeting in the transfer market which points towards the winds of change at Ibrox.
The likes of Kyle Lafferty, Matt Polster and Greg Steward have been signed in recent years to boost the size of the squad without adding the level of quality the Gers need to put an end to Celtic’s supremacy in Scotland.
That Campbell has suggested those signings will come to an end is perhaps indicative of Wilson’s acute acknowledgement of the need to manage the wage structure effectively, while his aim to bring in 20-24 year olds underlines his astute financial brain and commitment to transforming the club both on and off the field.
The January window is not shaping up to be an active one for Rangers, so the essence of Wilson’s strategy may only become apparent in the summer window.
For now, though, Campbell has provided a telling insight into exactly how that could look.