Ross Wilson, Southampton’s director of football operations, has reportedly resigned from the club to join up with Rangers up in Glasgow later this month.
Wilson’s role meant he was the key figure behind Saints’ club recruitment, from players to managers.
According to the the Telegraph, Wilson is set to join Rangers in a similar position.
The publication’s report says he was instrumental behind the signings of Virgil van Dijk from Celtic, Cedric Soares from Sporting Lisbon, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg from Bayern Munich, Nathan Redmond from Norwich City and more.
While Ralph Hasenhuttl is Southampton’s current manager, it can’t be overlooked that Wilson oversaw a string of awful managerial appointments such as Mauricio Pellegrino and Mark Hughes during his tenure.
That’s on top of expensive dud signings such as Guido Carrillo and Mario Lemina, who were both signed for club record fees at the time.
It’s assumed Saints will now be on the hunt for a similar footballing figure to lead the club’s recruitment across all areas of the first team and academy system.