Scouting Report: Liverpool target Danny Wilson

With Liverpool looking to follow 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 has been a revelation down at Ibrox this year and his ascension to the starting eleven came by circumstance after an injury to first choice defender Algerian Majid Bougherra.

Since then though Wilson hasn’t looked out of place and has been 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 his thirteen starts at the heart of the Rangers defence in the SPL, they have conceded just nine goals and have gone on a run that has seen them claim 29 points out of a possible 39 as they look to be heading for the title at a canter. In total he’s made 21 appearances and even performed ably in Europe against Unirea Urziceni.

The young player’s contract though looks to be a potential stumbling block over any possible fee or move. Rangers remain hopeful that Wilson will sign a new contract as his current one has just a year left to run on it, and if he doesn’t sign one soon it could seriously hamper Walter Smith’s bargaining position.

The fee being floated about is around the £3m 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.

Wilson is one of the hottest defensive prospects in Europe right now for his age and Liverpool appear to be at the 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 39 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