Former Hearts captain Danny Wilson has re-signed for Rangers after five years away from Ibrox. Wilson has signed a three year deal and becomes Mark Warburton’s first signing.
The 23-year-old – who helped Hearts romp to the Championship title with Rangers’ languishing in third spot – will be unveiled in front of the media on Tuesday.
Wilson began his career at Ibrox and after just 24 games in all competitions for Rangers in season 2009-10, he was sold to Liverpool for £2m.
He struggled with life at Anfield making just eight appearances in his three years with the English Premier League side – and was farmed out on loan to Blackpool, Bristol City and Hearts, before making the permanent switch to Hearts in June 2013.
After making 70 appearances for Hearts, Wilson’s final game in a Hearts jersey was against Rangers at Tynecastle as Hearts crowned off their Championship title winning season with a 2-2 draw against the Ibrox side with two late goals from Genero Zeefuik.
Former Rangers keeper and Hearts team mate Neil Alexander, earlier in the week, claimed that the defender was too good for the Scottish championship.
Alexander said: “Danny showed last year he was a level above the standard (of the Championship). He played to such a consistent level and was one of our main players.
“He was club captain as well and took that role and responsibility on his shoulders well. I’m sure whatever club he goes to, they will be lucky to have him.”
Newspaper reports in the Scottish mainstream media had linked Wilson with a move to Celtic, after an off the cuff remark from manager Ronny Deila saying that Wilson was one of many players they were looking at.
The rumour went into overdrive and turned into full blown transfer speculation mode with Celtic reportedly set to sign Wilson at the end of the season.
Celtic’s signing of defender Dedryck Boyata put paid to any hint of Celtic approaching the former Scotland under-21 international – despite media speculation keeping the reports of Celtic battling for his signature alive.