This season could have been all so different for former Liverpool defender

Former Liverpool defender Danny Wilson is now the captain of Heart of Midlothian who look set to be relegated from the Scottish Premier League this season.

Danny Wilson left Liverpool last summer due to limited first-team opportunities at the club, and returned to Scotland and signed permanently with Hearts following a short-loan spell.

Wilson is a highly-rated defender in Scotland having made his professional debut for Glasgow Rangers aged just 17. He made his debut in the Champions League just a week later in October 2009. He made 26 appearances for Rangers that season and his mature performances attracted interest from elsewhere.

It was Liverpool who signed the central defender for a fee that had the potential to rise to £5 million. He only made nine appearances for the club over three season, with eight of those coming in his first year. However Brendan Rodgers has given chances to some youth players during his tenure with João Teixeira, and Jordon Ibe having featured in the first-team squad this season.

Wilson is now 22 though and could have been more of an established player within the squad. You only have to look at Jon Flanagan who at 21-years-old seems to have cemented his place in the starting line-up for Liverpool this season. He has played 17 times in the Premier League this season and has put in some assured displays at left-back despite being right-footed.

Rodgers has tinkered with his defence throughout this season, as although they currently sit atop the Premier League table, their defence has been a worry for them at points this season. Danny Wilson could well have been handed his chance this season just like Flanagan.

It could have allowed him to become a more prominent member of the Scotland squad. Perhaps more significantly it could have led to him winning the Premier League with the club. As things stand Liverpool are in a great position to win the title but there is still a long way to go. However it is a much more exciting situation than Wilson currently finds himself in at Hearts.

Due to financial difficulties that have surrounding the club for numerous years, Hearts were deducted 15 points at the start of the season and now only sit on nine points propping up the SPL. Even without the deduction they would still be in last place, and on Wednesday their relegation could be confirmed if they lose to Aberdeen.  

The Hearts captain since the late stages of his loan spell last season, Wilson has said he has yet to decide his future if Hearts are relegated. The Scottish Daily Record reported Wilson is happy at Tynecastle and it is much better to be playing week in week out in this situation than to be sitting on the bench in England.

"I haven’t made any decisions, but I’m still young, I’m still ambitious and I want to play at as high a level as I possibly can."

I can’t sit here and say I’m going to leave or I’m going to stay because I don’t know what that highest level is going to be for me, but if it’s at Hearts, I’ve got no problem with that."

Whilst Wilson may be happy at Hearts if he wants to be playing at as high a level as possible then he will surely move on in the summer, as there will be plenty of interested suitors.

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