Hearts skipper Wilson unfazed by United bid

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DANNY WILSON was unfazed by Dundee United’s £100,000 offer for him because he is happy being captain of Hearts.

The 22-year-old stressed today that United’s interest did not unsettle him even though it offered a chance to play Premiership football next season.

Hearts rejected United’s cash bid but tried to bargain for a swap deal involving the Tayside club’s teenage centre-back John Souttar. That proposal was refused and Wilson is content to prepare himself for Championship football at Tynecastle next season.

“It’s not something that I’m really fussed with. I can’t stop teams making bids,” he said. “The club turned it down and it’s not something I’ve really had to think about. I don’t need confidence from that. I’m captain of Hearts and that’s all the confidence I need.”

Hearts emerged from administration in midweek and have already signed Morgaro Gomis and James Keatings. Rangers and Hibs join Hearts in the Championship next season and Wilson is enthused by a new start after 12 months of financial uncertainty. He feels whoever recruits best stands the best chance of winning the title.

“Hopefully, we can bring in a few more players to help our cause. I think recruiting could make the difference. We’ve got a good group of young boys but we don’t really have a lot of experience. I think up until [Gomis signed] I was the oldest player in the team, so that gives you an indication.

“I think we do need to definitely add, but I’m sure the other teams will add as well. Hibs let go a lot of players, so they’ll be looking for a whole new squad. I think it does depend on who does bring in good players and who gets settled as quickly as possible.”

The Scotland internationalist outlined the relief he felt at returning from his holiday just as Hearts came out of administration.

“It was nice to come home to be told you were out of administration rather than going into it this summer,” he continued. “It’s a better summer for everybody connected with the club. It’s a long time to be in administration. It took a while and there was a lot of toing and froing.

“But now it’s done and everybody can look forward to next season. We’re going to play in a league that we feel we shouldn’t be playing in, but that’s the circumstances and we’re just going to try and make the best of it and get ourselves back up to the Premiership as soon as we can.”