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‘I WAS FORCED OUT OF GERS,’ INSISTS WILSON

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DANNY WILSON has revealed he was booted out of Rangers last month and insisted he wanted to remain.

The central defender, 26, left for US side Colorado Rapids, just days after expressing his wish to sign a new deal at Ibrox.

Wilson said: “I made it clear I wanted to stay with Rangers. Absolutely, I wanted to stay. However, I was left with no choice but to consider other options.

“Plenty of people have had their say about my decision to leave.

“So much of it is inaccurate rubbish. I’m delighted to have the opportunity to set the record straight.

“I asked two managers and a director of football about a new contract.

“The truth of it is that for four or five months I asked Rangers what the situation was, beginning with Pedro Caixinha before he left.

“I was told just to concentrate on my performances – and I thought my performance level over that period of time was good.

“Then as it got into January, after we returned from Florida, I went in to speak to them again.

“I was told the contract would be there in the next day or so. That was it. I left the room thinking that would be me, I would be staying at Rangers.

“That was on the Tuesday, but by the Wednesday evening I was told there would be no contract for me to sign.

“It was Mark Allen, the director of football, who told me.

“He’d encouraged me to think there would be a contract for me to stay, but there weren’t even terms discussed.

“It was never about money. I actually told Rangers during our brief discussions that I would have been happy to stay on the money I was on.

“I was extremely fortunate to have such an attractive offer from Colorado Rapids.

“It’s a great opportunity for me and my family with a massively ambitious club — I can’t wait to start.”

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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