The return of Danny Wilson could not come quickly enough. While not quite a Cuellar, the lad nevertheless has been one of Rangers’ better performers the past couple of seasons and got a lot of unfair maligning in the days when he paired with Rob Kiernan.
While today’s disappointing friendly loss to St Johnstone certainly does not bode especially well for Saturday’s visit of that wee French lot, one silver lining is Wilson’s return. It is worth noting St Johnstone’s winner did not materialise till he left the field, and if Rangers are to have any chance of keeping the back door shut more often than not this season, the likes of Wilson, Alves and Cardoso really must hit the ground running.
Wilson’s return is a badly-needed boost, and a timely one given we were told he was out till next month.
Meanwhile out the door permanently is the unfortunate Matt Crooks. Like so many others, he never really got anything like a sniff of a chance at Ibrox, with injury keeping him on the sidelines before Warburton’s ego did likewise. Once fit he was simply never used, and sadly the only memory fans really have of him is his being thrown in at the deep end at Tynecastle for Hearts’ easy win in Robbie Neilson’s final match.
He did far better down in Scunthorpe on loan (being selected helps) and has now permanently switched to their rivals Northampton for the usual ‘undisclosed’ fee, probably (pure guesswork here) in the region of around £200-300K.
Whether the lad was good enough or not to play for Rangers, he certainly never got a chance for fans to actually pass judgement, and Ibrox Noise wishes him well at his new club.