Hearts skipper Wilson won’t settle for second spot

Danny Wilson wants the Championship title. Pic: Ian Georgeson
Danny Wilson wants the Championship title. Pic: Ian Georgeson
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Danny Wilson is adamant Hearts should be aiming to win this season’s Championship title and not settle for second place. The Tynecastle captain feels the squad assembled by head coach Robbie Neilson can compete with Rangers for automatic promotion.

A former Ibrox defender, Wilson returns to his old club on Sunday when Hearts face Rangers in their opening league game of the season. The Glasgow club are favourites to win the Championship outright but Wilson stressed Hearts are capable of winning against the odds.

“I don’t think you should ever play for second spot, you always try to do as best you can and obviously we feel we can be a contender,” he said. “But it’s not going to be easy. There is no-one in there saying ‘we’re definitely going up’ but quietly we want to do well.”

The only time Wilson has played at Ibrox since his £5million transfer from Rangers to Liverpool in 2010 was in a pre-season friendly with the English club in 2011. He insisted he is not fazed about going back.

“Ibrox, the opening day of the season, there will not be a harder game than that. It’s something we can all look forward to, you would rather play in games like that. It won’t be strange for me. It’s a game at the end of the day. I’ve been back to Ibrox once since I left and I’m looking forward to going back there again.

“Obviously it will be different going back there and not playing as a home player, but it’s just something that happens in football. Players go back to their old clubs, but hopefully I can go back and get the three points.”