Rangers sporting director Ross Wilson has worked wonders at Ibrox since making the switch from Southampton to Glasgow and the Scot has opened up on his start with local side Falkirk and confessed he turned down the chance to join Old Firm rivals Celtic.
Wilson grew up in Bonnybridge, just outside Falkirk, and worked his way through the ranks at the Bairns before heading south of the border to enjoy stints at Watford, Huddersfield Town and Southampton.
The future Rangers sporting director would also turn down the chance to follow Yogi Hughes to Hibs around the same time he rejected the chance to head to Parkhead, calling it “difficult” to turn down the chance to work with John Park.
“Falkirk was my hometown club and was brilliant to work there, we made the academy successful, played in Europe for the first time and had the longest period in the club’s history in the Premier League, it was great,” Wilson told 90Mins.
“John Hughes and Brian Rice were the duo in charge and I learned so much from them, and to get where we did was fantastic for me as a young man.
“For more than 50% of my time it didn’t even feel like work. And though it took a while for it to sink in, it was a pleasure to work seven days a week; it made me proud and obviously that opened the door for me.
“I first realised that this was my career when John Hughes offered me the chance to move to Hibernian with him. I had sleepless nights about telling him I would not go, and around the same time I also turned down Celtic under John Park.
“That was difficult as John is someone I’m close to, and he was one of the most respected people in Scottish football who had previously given me so much of his time and has been a friend and a confidante to me.”
Given Wilson’s impressive career to date, it would make an interesting ‘Sliding Doors’ moment to ponder where his career would have ended up had he moved to Celtic.