Rangers defender Aidan Wilson has revealed he hopes to follow David Bates’ path into the Rangers first-team – and thinks Gers boss Graeme Murty has helped him improve as a player.
Wilson worked closely with Murty last season in the Gers’ Under-20s side as he regularly partnered Bates at the heart of the Gers defence – with Ross McCrorie also a regular feature alongside the pair.
The 19-year-old has been on the fringes of the Ibrox first-team over the last 12 months before recently making a short-term switch to Championship strugglers Dumbarton.
The defender hopes his time on loan can help him force his way into the first-team alongside first team star Bates next season.
“Graeme told me to go out on loan and get some games under my belt and we will see where I am in six months. Hopefully, this experience will help me get into the Rangers first team,” Wilson said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
“Graeme has done a great deal of work with me over the past two years. He’s improved me a lot as a player and hopefully he has faith in me.
“You look at someone like David Bates who has done really well and is a first-team regular and hopefully I can follow his pathway.”
The Scotland Under-19s star recently signed a new deal to keep him at Ibrox until the summer of 2020 and has made huge strides in the last few years.
Wilson made his first-team debut under Pedro Caixinha at the tail-end of last season and was part of the group who travelled to Orlando in January to face Atletico Mineiro and Corinthians in the Florida Cup.
Football Insider verdict:
Wilson looks to have a big future at Ibrox and was a stand-out in the Under-20s under Murty last season and really improved as a player over the last couple of years. With Bruno Alves, Fabio Cardoso, David Bates and Russell Martin all possibly on their way out the door in the summer, Wilson could find himself catapulted into a regular place next season. Alongside Ross McCrorie in the Under-20s, Wilson looked every bit as good as McCrorie and a better option than Bates. Regular games will help him continue to improve and, hopefully, become a big player for the Gers.
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