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RUMOR: Rapids to sign Rangers CB Danny Wilson

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The Scottish Sun is reporting that the player will undergo medical evaluation today.

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Rangers defender Danny Wilson (right) celebrates scoring a goal against Aberdeen in 2017.
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The Rapids have been using the marketing tagline ‘Strength at Altitude’ for the past several seasons. But they might want to rebrand with an alternative phrase: strength along the backline.

The Scottish broadsheet ‘The Sun’ is reporting that the Colorado Rapids are about to acquire 26-year-old centerback Danny Wilson from Scottish Premier League club Rangers FC.

The 6’2” defender has played at centerback and left back for Rangers this year. After coming up with Rangers in their youth academy and joining the senior team at 18 years old for the 2009-10 season, he was sold off to EPL juggernaut Liverpool in 2010. Liverpool played him in one match before sending him out on a series of loans to English Championship sides Blackpool and Bristol City. In 2013 he was loaned to Scottish side Hearts of Midlothian and then allowed to join the club permanently on a free transfer.

Wilson endured a very rough patch at Hearts in 2013 and 2014, although the trouble was with the club, not his own play. The team entered administration (what we Yanks call ‘bankruptcy’), were deducted 15 points, finished the season in last place, and were relegated to the Scottish second division. For the 2014-15 season, Hearts came roaring back to dominate the second division. Midlothian won the cup a full 21 points clear of the next best team and earned their way back into the Scottish Prem. Wilson played in 33 matches, scored 5 goals, and was a club captain.

Danny departed the Edinburgh club at the end of the 2015 season with yet a year left on his contract by triggering a release clause. He re-joined his original club, Rangers FC, and has played with the Glaswegian club at their legendary ground, the Ibrox, from 2015 to the present. He has 4 goals in 64 matches over those two and a half seasons with the Scottish powerhouse. Rangers finished third in 2016-17, and for the 2017-18 season, they sit second in the table, with Wilson starting around half of the team’s matches.

Transfermarkt.com puts Wilson’s value at just above $600,000, but his history of free transfers might mean that the Rapids are receiving him on a free.

The Rapids would be adding Wilson to an already sizable pool of defenders. Colorado currently retains centerbacks Kortne Ford, Axel Sjöberg, Jared Watts, and the newly-signed Tommy Smith. With the team expected to play a 5-3-2, Colorado also has wingbacks Dillon Serna, Eric Miller, and Marlon Hairston, along with new additions Edgar Castillo and Kip Colvey. No word yet on whether the Rapids will be making room for the possible addition of Wilson by shipping out a current player.