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Danny Wilson pinpoints David Weir as major reason for Rangers return

The two played together when the former Hearts captain first broke into the Gers team in 2009.

Returning Rangers defender Danny Wilson has been discussing his earlier spell at the club in the Record, describing his debut season at Rangers that saw him shine alongside current assistant manager David Weir having come up from the youth team.

At just 17-years-old, Wilson featured in 24 matches as Rangers won the league in 2009-10, and though it was a short time in the first team, with the young defender switching to Liverpool that summer, the Scotland international has the chance to make amends now he is back at Ibrox.

And he saw the presence of Weir as both a reason to come back and a big help to his and fellow signing Rob Kiernan's development.

“David Weir was very important for me," Wilson told the Record of his earlier spell at the club. "I only played 24 times for Rangers first time round. I played alongside Davie in 23 of them. He was a big factor on and off the pitch.

“Like in any career, you have your ups and downs and I was having a lot more ups than downs at that point. When the downs did come, Davie was always there to lend a hand.

“Even when I moved on – and I am not saying we spoke every day on the phone – he always told me if I needed anything then I could contact him.

“He is a big factor in my decision to come back here. He was a top centre-half so the likes of myself and Rob Kiernan can
 still learn from his experience."

Wilson could make the difference for Rangers

Rangers had a worse defence than both Hearts and Hibs last season, and Wilson will be tasked with bringing some of the Edinburgh side's defensive stability to Ibrox as the Gers seek to follow his old side up into the Scottish Premiership.

The centre back suffered a disappointing spell in England, firstly as he joined Liverpool as one of Scotland's brightest prospects, only to struggle for football at Anfield, and then in his various loan spells from the club.

It wasn't until Wilson returned to Scotland that he found his form again, initially on loan at Tyncastle, and then permanently in 2013.

Though he had a dramatic spell at Hearts, suffering relegation and then an emphatic Championship victory with the 23-year-old as captain, it is back at Rangers that is where Wilson has decided he wants to be, and it would be no surprise to see the Gers profit significantly from his homecoming.

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