Rangers star Danny Wilson names Carlos Cuellar as the player he idolised when growing up

Rangers star Wilson used to idolise the former Aston Villa, Norwich and Sunderland defender.

Speaking to the official Rangers website, Danny Wilson has named the player he used to idolise when he was growing up - with Carlos Cuellar’s one season at Ibrox making him a key player in Wilson’s development.

Wilson said: “[Someone like] Carlos Cuellar who was a good defender who went on to play in the English Premier League for a long time. I would probably say him, he played in that run up to the UEFA Cup Final so definitely him.”

Cuellar spent just one season at Ibrox, playing a record-high 65 games in the 2007/08 season, but he earned a reputation at the club as a fearsome centre-back.

He was named the Scottish Football Writers Player of the Year and SPL Player of the Year, and his form saw him earn a move to the Premier League the year after joining.

The Spaniard, now 34, moved to Aston Villa, where he stayed for over 100 appearances, before signing with Sunderland and Norwich City respectively. He was a mainstay in the Villa team for much of his time at Villa Park, whilst his first year at Sunderland was also productive.

His last season with the Black Cats saw just five appearances in all, whilst last term he made just eight appearances for Norwich.

Cuellar left the UK over the summer to sign with Almeria in Spain’s Segunda Division, but his reputation remains in the Premier League as one of the better centre-backs the league has seen.

Wilson was in the Rangers academy when Cuellar was turning out for the Gers’ first-team, and if he can go on to replicate the kind of form shown by the Spaniard, Wilson is sure to enjoy a very productive and successful career at Ibrox.

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