Steven Gerrard’s Glasgow Rangers are reportedly interested in Southampton’s Ross Wilson.

Ibrox Stadium of Rangers

Southampton director of football operations and reported Rangers target Ross Wilson has told Back Onside that he once rejected Celtic.

According to The Daily Record, Rangers are in talks with Wilson over the Southampton man becoming the Ibrox club’s new director of football.

Mark Allen has left Rangers, and the Gers are on the hunt for a new director of football.

The Daily Record has claimed that the 36-year-old turned down the Rangers director of football role two-and-a-half years ago to stay at Southampton, but he is now considering moving to Ibrox after an approach from the Scottish Premiership club managing director Stewart Robertson and is in talks.

Wilson has said that he had the chance to move to Rangers’ bitter Old Firm rivals Celtic, but he did not take it.

Wilson told Back Onside, as transcribed by The Daily Record: “It felt like a hobby at the time because we were going from one thing to the next thing, it was just something I loved.

“That was probably the moment, when I had the opportunity to go elsewhere, when I realised it was a bit more than that and a bit serious.

“But I think it would be true to say at that moment in time I began to really understand what I wanted for my career and where I wanted to go.

“I saw an opportunity in England as what I wanted to pursue at that time and whatever clubs offer you opportunities you have to be grateful, especially clubs the size of Celtic of course.”

Title challenge

Rangers are in a good place at the moment, with the Gers doing well in the Europa League and in the Scottish Premiership.

The Gers are ahead of Neil Lennon’s Celtic at the top of the Scottish Premiership, and the Glasgow giants also have the chance to progress to the knockout round of the Europa League.

In other news, Report: Celtic abandon bid for Lyon striker Amine Gouiri