Discussions were ongoing: Murty hits back at 26-year-old for claims about Rangers exit
Rangers manager Graeme Murty has insisted defender Danny Wilson wanted to leave the Gers before his move to Major League Soccer side Colorado Rapids last month.
Wilson was quoted by the Scottish Sun saying he wanted to stay with the Gers but Murty rubbished those claims – and admitted it was “fine” that the player wanted to go.
Wilson, 26, had been a mainstay under Murty since coming back into the side following Pedro Caixinha’s sacking in October but joined the MLS Western Conference side after a disappointing season saw them fail to make the playoffs – prompting a massive rebuild of their squad.
Murty revealed talks were “ongoing” over a new deal with the central defender but was adamant Wilson made it clear he wanted to leave the Ibrox giants.
“I want players here who want to be here,” Murty said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
“Danny wanted to leave so we helped that happen.
“Those discussions [about Wilson’s potential new contract] were ongoing.
“The player didn’t want to stay.
“So if he doesn’t want to stay, that’s fine.”
Rangers brought in Scotland international central defender Russell Martin to add to his back line as Murty strengthened his squad during the January transfer window with six new signings.
Wilson had two spells with the Gers after making the breakthrough under Walter Smith as a 17-year-old before joining Liverpool.
After his move to Anfield never worked out, Wilson returned to Scotland with Hearts before making a return to Ibrox in 2015.
Over his two spells with the Light Blues, Wilson lifted the Scottish Premiership, Scottish Cup, Scottish League Cup, Scottish Championship and Scottish Challenge Cup.
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