Wilson left Hearts at the end of the 2014/15 season, having led them to promotion, and teammate Paterson told the Daily Record that he believes moving to Rangers is a step down, rather than staying with the club.
He said: “Of course Hearts playing in a higher league is a step up but maybe it is personal. Maybe something has happened behind closed doors or something could be happening with his family.”
Wilson has been linked with a free transfer to both Celtic and Rangers since his departure from Hearts, with Sky Sports confirming the Bhoys interest, and the Sun claiming that Rangers have already held talks with the centre-back.
Whilst a move to Celtic would be a step up for any player in Scotland, a new report in the Daily Record has indicated that they no longer have interest, meaning that a move to Ibrox is most likely.
This means that the former Liverpool player would swap playing in the Premiership with Hearts to drop back down to the Championship with the Gers.
They are still a big name in Scottish football, despite their recent history, and Wilson, 23, has a history at Ibrox, having started his youth career with the Light Blues.
Paterson may believe it is a step down for Wilson, but Rangers will be completing a great piece of business if they wrap up a deal for the centre-back.
He was one of the best players in the 2014/15 Championship campaign, has proven captaincy credentials, and is a favourite at Ibrox, making him the perfect signing for Mark Warburton to complete.