RANGERS face stiff competiton from clubs in England for former Hearts skipper Danny Wilson but he has been tipped to be a huge success if he returns to Ibrox for a second spell.
It is understood negotiations will intensify in the next two days as Rangers try to strike an agreement with the 23 year old, who came through the Murray Park youth system into the top team before moving to Liverpool for £2 million in 2010.
Wilson has had offers from England since leaving Tynecastle as a free agent last month but new Rangers boss Mark Warburton is keen to land him.
Former Ibrox captain Ally Dawson – who played a large part in Wilson’s development – is really excited about Wilson’s return even if others believe he is taking a backward step.
Dawson said: “Sometimes returning to a former club is not the right thing to do – and I think that has been shown with more senior players. But I think Danny is young enough and he is coming back to Rangers having learned a lot.”
Dawson, who skippered Rangers in the early 1980s, helped groom Wilson when he came under his wing at Murray Park and he had no doubt he would be a top star.
The move to Liverpool may not have worked out as his career stalled with loan spells but two full seasons with Hearts have solidified Wilson’s stature.
He said: “When you are working with 14 year olds you are looking for the ones who have that real desire to succeed and Danny had that.
“You can make it in football through good coaching and a little bit of luck but mostly it’s down to the individual and how much he wants it.
“It didn’t work out at Liverpool but he has recovered from it and he has the character to continue to grow. He has a steely determination.
“The new directors are gaining the trust of the supporters and in turn the new management team are endeavouring to do the same.”