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Danny Wilson admits desire for cup glory to replace bittersweet memory of last final

The Rangers defender was sent off as a teenager in the League Cup final six years ago.

Rangers defender Danny Wilson has told the Scottish Sun that he has his own personal reason to be desperate to help the club win the Scottish Cup, as he looks to banish the memory of the guilt he felt last time he contested a major final.

Wilson was an inexperienced 18-year-old alongside veteran and current assistant manager David Weir in 2010 when he played for the Gers in the League Cup final against St. Mirren, and he was sent off to reduce the Glasgow giants to nine men after Kevin Thomson had also been shown red.

Walter Smith's side ultimately overcame that numerical disadvantage, winning the trophy thanks to Kenny Miller's header six minutes from time, but Wilson admits he felt devastated and guilty for letting his teammates down, even in victory.

The 24-year-old told the Scottish Sun: "Obviously I was sent off in the game, that was the second sending-off that day so we were down to nine men. We won the game in the end but on a personal note to be sent off at 18 years old was devastating.

"But the team's the most important thing and the team managed to rally together and get an incredible win from the circumstances. It was a little bit bittersweet for me. It was the first time I had been sent off so I didn't quite know how to react to it. I was very fortunate my team-mates bailed me out but hopefully that doesn't happen again.

"I was in the changing room with Kevin Thomson who had been sent off not long before me. It was a strange feeling, being in there. Obviously I was delighted the boys managed to do it but I was disappointed in myself in getting sent off. I felt very, very guilty walking out and getting a medal."

Back at Rangers this year for the first time since leaving for an unsuccessful attempt at life as a Liverpool player in 2010, Wilson has been a key player for Mark Warburton's side this term, making 41 appearances in all competitions.

He will have a chance to put that memory to rest in a few weeks' time when Rangers take on fellow Championship side Hibernian at Hampden Park in the Scottish Cup final.

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