When Battle Fever, SB Nation’s Rangers site, reached out to ask if we wanted to know more about Danny Wilson, I thought it was a great opportunity to learn more about him from a reliable source—the fans. And while they might not speak too highly of Wilson’s choice to go across the pond, they were super helpful in giving me the scoop on the Colorado Rapids’ newest signing.
Burgundy Wave: What is Danny Wilson best known for with Rangers FC?
Battle Fever: Danny Wilson came through initially as a highly talented youngster who was putting in stellar displays in the Champions League alongside an ancient legendary centre back partner. Since he left for Liverpool, hardly played and returned to Scotland, he’s been pretty inconsistent. He’s struggled to form convincing partnerships with other players but was just having a really good run paired with a young, raw and very agricultural partner.
BW: What was his relationship like with the fans?
BF: The fans thought he left too soon and were surprised to see him leave in this window. He never really struck up much of a relationship with the fans - he was usually pretty quiet and kept out of the limelight.
BW: Why do you think he decided to move to MLS?
BF: We’ve been told it was for family reasons, but I’d imagine its just more money than we were willing to offer him, or he fancied getting out of Scotland for something new. There’s no sinister reason.
BW: The Rapids have a new head coach who is planning to play a 3-5-2. How well do you think Wilson will fit into that formation?
BF: He is left-footed and decent on the ball, but his biggest weakness is that he’s quite slow. He’ll need a fast partner somewhere to make up for that - he might actually fit in better as the middle of the three defenders.
BW: What are his strengths and weaknesses as a player?
BF: He basically doesn’t really make any major mistakes. He’s had periods of inconsistency but never where he’s been making real howlers ever week. He’s very solid.
Weaknesses - he is a bit slow and not much of a leader. He needs the right partner to really shine - ideally a more aggressive, physical player alongside him.
BW: Is there anything else you’d like to tell us about him?
BF: That’s pretty much it. If he settles in and gets the right partner you’ve got a very solid player on your hands. It depends how he adapts to the league, though. Scottish Premier League attackers tend to be less pacy and physical and more technical - I’m not sure how that compares to MLS as a whole but if he can adapt he’ll do very well.