With Liverpool now following up their inquiry with a firm offer for young Rangers defender Danny Wilson, just who is the young Scot?
The 18 year old centre half was a revelation down at Ibrox last season and his ascension to the starting eleven came by circumstance after an injury to first choice defender Algerian Majid Bougherra.
Since that moment Wilson didn’t look out of place and was earning rave reviews for his composure, ability in the air and positional sense on the deck, and it is extremely rare for a young defender to have these qualities in abundance which explains Liverpool’s strong interest in him as well as a plethora of Premier League clubs. In total he’s made 24 appearances, scoring one goal.
The fee being floated about is around the £5m mark which considering the player’s age and relative inexperience seems a fair price outright, with the price likely to be topped up by bonuses and appearance clauses for the future if he delivers on his considerable potential.
David Weir seems to think it won’t be too much of a problem and believes he is destined for the top:
“Danny will handle it,
“He has handled everything else that’s been thrown in his path. He’s a good football player and a nice lad.
“I don’t think it’s rocket science, he just needs to keep doing what he’s been doing. If Danny does go then he will keep doing what he’s doing and stay the same lad that he is.
“He’s a great lad, he has been good to work with, and I wish him every success.”
Wilson is one of the hottest defensive prospects in Europe right now for his age and Liverpool now are front of the queue for his signature, but the consequences of him departing so young could have repercussions for the Glasgow outfit who will soon have to look at replacing captain and fellow centre half David Weir who at 40 years of age is no spring chicken.
With Smith’s hands tied by the club’s crippling debt, losing Wilson could represent a major loss for the former Scotland captain’s heir apparent and although the fee bandied about right now would be useful in the short-term, in the long-term it would hurt Rangers more than they would care to admit.
Written by James McManus