Rangers eye up ex-Hearts captain Danny Wilson

Danny Wilson helped Hearts win the Championship last season. Pic: PA

Danny Wilson helped Hearts win the Championship last season. Pic: PA

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Rangers have joined Celtic in pursuit of the former Hearts captain Danny Wilson, who is also attracting interest from England and abroad.

The Ibrox club yesterday appointed Mark Warburton and David Weir as their new management team and Wilson is high on their list of signing targets for next season.

Celtic are also monitoring the 23-year-old, who left Tynecastle as a free agent after invoking a contract clause last month. However, so far, none of the two Glasgow clubs have offered a contract to the player.

Wilson is considering his future and could be interested in an opportunity to stay in Scotland. He came through the Rangers youth system before joining Liverpool in a £5million transfer in 2010. He returned north to sign for Hearts in 2013 and captained them through the turmoil of administration.

Rangers are keen to bring the Scotland internationalist back to Ibrox but know they face competition from Celtic and others. Rangers are expected to make a formal contract offer in the hope of enticing Wilson back to Glasgow as they prepare for another season in the Championship.