Rangers defender Aidan Wilson has been on the fringes of the first-team at Ibrox for the last fifteen months after making his debut under Pedro Caixinha – but the 19-year-old defender can use the lack of numbers in the Gers squad to make an impression on manager Steven Gerrard.
The Gers boss officially gets started on Friday ahead of the players returning for pre-season training and with only Ross McCrorie and Fabio Cardoso as recognised central defenders, Wilson will likely have a role to play in the squad until reinforcements come in at least – Bruno Alves’ participation at the World Cup means the Portuguese defender will likely be in Russia until mid-July.
Wilson has made a handful of appearances for the first-team, as well as regularly impressing in the Under-20s, but did struggle to get going in an emergency loan with Dumbarton towards the end of last season.
The Scottish youth international is a talented defender though and is more than capable of coming into the senior squad and doing well alongside Ross McCrorie – who he regularly partnered in central defence for Graeme Murty’s Under-20s – as Gerrard’s squad takes shape.
There is almost certainly going to be at least one new defender coming to Ibrox this season but Wilson has a real opportunity to step up and grab his opportunity with the first-team.
Wilson is comfortable on the ball and isn’t afraid of throwing himself into headers and challenges – similar to McCrorie and has an impressive range of passing for a central defender and has all the basics needed to be a good centre-back for the Gers.
A loan move might be likely this season to allow the 19-year-old to get regular game-time but if he hits the ground running when the players return for pre-season training next month, there’s no reason he can’t emulate McCrorie’s success of last season and cement a place as part of Gerrard’s side.
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