Barry Ferguson says Celtic signing is top player, but prefers Rangers defender

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Glasgow Rangers defender Danny Wilson is better than Celtic summer signing Kolo Toure, suggests former Ibrox star Barry Ferguson.

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Barry Ferguson has picked Rangers defender Danny Wilson ahead of Celtic summer signing Kolo Toure in his Old Firm XI for The Daily Record.

The former Rangers midfielder has admitted that 24-year-old centre-back Wilson has not fulfilled his potential yet, but he rates him highly.

The former Scotland international seems to prefer the Rangers defender to Toure, who joined Celtic on a free transfer in July.

Toure, who is 35 years of age, is a very experienced centre-back, and has played for Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool.

Rangers' Danny Wilson (R) in action with Burnley's George BoydRangers' Danny Wilson (R) in action with George Boyd

“My next pick is not quite so obvious because he hasn’t fulfilled his potential yet but, having trained and played with this guy I know what he’s capable of when his mind is on it,” Ferguson wrote in The Daily Record.

“This will be a big year for Danny Wilson and I know a lot of people doubt his defensive qualities but, for me, he has all the talent and ability to become a top class centre half.

“There is no doubting his qualities as a footballer but working day in day out with Davie Weir and Clint Hill will make him a better defender.

“There is a lot more to come from him and that’s why he makes my team ahead of the likes of Kolo Toure, even though the Celtic new boy is without question a top player.”

Liverpool's Kolo Toure during the press conferenceKolo Toure

Wilson, who was on the books of Liverpool from 2010 until 2013, enjoyed a good 2015-16 season with Rangers in the Scottish Championship.

The former Heart of Midlothian centre-back will be aiming to have a successful 2016-17 Scottish Premiership campaign with Rangers.

Toure will also be a key player for Celtic, who will be favourites to win the Scottish top-flight title this season.

The former Ivory Coast international centre-back will be important for Celtic in their quest to progress to the group stage of the Champions League as well.

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