Derek Johnstone delivers verdict on reported Rangers exit for senior player
Rangers legend Derek Johnstone doesn’t think Gers fans will see Danny Wilson’s reported move to Major League Soccer as a “big deal” but insists the 26-year-old has “done his bit” during his second spell at Ibrox.
Gers boss Graeme Murty confirmed senior player Wilson was concluding a move away from Ibrox as the defender enters the final months of his contract with the Light Blues.
Wilson returned to Ibrox in 2015 under Mark Warburton and was a mainstay in the side under the former Gers boss but found games much harder to come by under Pedro Caixinha.
After barely featuring this season, Wilson returned to the side under Murty following Caixinha’s sacking in October and has put in a string of impressive performances.
Johnstone can understand why the former Liverpool defender is moving on and admits it’s “nice to feel wanted” as a player.
“It is nice to feel wanted, no matter what club it is, and if he fancies it and wants to make that move then good luck to him,” Johnstone said, as quoted by the Evening Times.
“He is only 26 and has a lot of football left in him but it is a different lifestyle and climate in America and he believes this is the right move for his career and his family.
“Danny has been a good professional for Rangers and he has done his bit during his two spells at Ibrox. But, if he wants to go, I don’t think the fans will see it as a big deal.”
Wilson first broke into the Ibrox side as a 17-year-old under Rangers icon Walter Smith before joining Liverpool in 2010.
After failing to make the breakthrough at Anfield, Wilson spent time on loan with Bristol City, Blackpool and Hearts before agreeing a permanent switch to Tynecastle in 2013.
Since returning to Ibrox, Wilson has lifted the Scottish Championship and Scottish Challenge Cup.
In other Rangers news, Murty has confirmed the club are looking to get more deals over the line before Wednesday’s deadline.