Danny Wilson has thanked Rangers fans for their “terrific support” after the defender completed his move to Major League Soccer’s Colorado Rapids on a three-year deal.
Wilson’s Ibrox contract was up in the summer and the defender has opted to quit Ibrox now in order to move Stateside despite the Gers reportedly opening talks over an extended deal in Glasgow.
The 26-year-old only recently returned to the Gers’ first-team, becoming a mainstay under Graeme Murty after being frozen out by previous boss Pedro Caixinha.
The former Liverpool and Hearts defender thanked the Glasgow giants for the support during his two spells at the club and admitted the Rapids’ “very ambitious” plans swayed his decision.
“First and foremost, I would like to thank Rangers, as well as their supporters, for the terrific support they showed during my time with the club,” Wilson said, as quoted by the Rapids’ official website.
“But in my discussions with Pádraig and Coach Hudson, it became clear that the Rapids have a very ambitious vision for the future, and I can’t wait to join the team and start the process of bringing that vision to life.”
Wilson first made the breakthrough at Ibrox in 2009 under Walter Smith and helped the Gers lift a domestic treble before joining Liverpool in the summer of 2010.
After struggling to make any kind of impact at Anfield, loan moves to Bristol City, Blackpool and Hearts followed before Wilson made a permanent switch to Tynecastle in 2013.
Wilson then returned to Ibrox in the summer of 2015 and made 83 appearances for the Light Blues in his second spell at Ibrox, lifting the Scottish Championship and Scottish Challenge Cup.
The 26-year-old is Colorado’s eighth signing of the winter as they look to do much better than last year when they finished 10th of 11 teams in MLS’ Western Conference.
In other Rangers news, Oli McBurnie raved about this Light Blues player after the win against Ross County on Sunday.