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Neil Alexander: Reportedly Ibrox-bound Danny Wilson is 'above Championship standard'

Hearts goalkeeper Neil Alexander has praised former team-mate Danny Wilson.

Former Rangers goalkeeper Neil Alexander has told Sky Sports that Danny Wilson is 'above Championship standard' ahead of a proposed move back to Ibrox.

Alexander, 37, spent five-and-a-half years with Rangers between 2008 and 2013, largely playing as a backup to Allan McGregor between the sticks.

Now, McGregor is starring in goal for Hearts, and played 27 league games for the club as they won the Scottish Championship title, returning to the top flight.

However, manager Robbie Neilson is having to deal with one big blow, having seen club captain Danny Wilson leave the club this summer.

The 23-year-old centre back ended his contract at Tynecastle in order to pursue other opportunities, and it seems that he could be set for a shock return to Rangers.

The defender started his career at Ibrox and, according to The Sun, Wilson is poised to re-sign for Rangers as one of new manager Mark Warburton's first signings.

It's a surprise to see Wilson drop back down to the Scottish Championship having just captained Hearts to promotion from that division, and his former team-mate Alexander has told Sky Sports that Wilson is above the standard of the Scottish Championship.

"Danny showed last year he was a level above the standard (of the Championship). He played to such a consistent level and was one of our main players," said Alexander.

"He was club captain as well and took that role and responsibility on his shoulders well. I'm sure whatever club he goes to, they will be lucky to have him," he added.

Signal of intent?

Rangers managing to lure Wilson back down to the second tier after winning promotion is not only a sign that a move to Ibrox is still a lure, but also that new chairman Dave King and manager Warburton are keen to show a signal of intent.

Landing Wilson could give Warburton his star defender not just for now but also for the future, and Alexander's comments show just how highly rated Wilson is.

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