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Get to Know | Danny Wilson

Colorado Rapids acquired center back Danny Wilson from Rangers Football Club.

Here are three things to know about the 26-year-old defender …

1. He has experience at the highest level in Scotland and England

The 6’2" defender developed with one of the top clubs in Scottish football history. He came through the Rangers’ youth system from 2006-09 and captained the U-19 team. He made his senior debut on October 2009 against Dundee FC in the quarter-final match of the Scottish League Cup as a starter. In two stints with the Rangers (2008-10, 2015-18), Wilson saw action in 109 games across all competitions, including a pair of Champions League games during the 2009-10 campaign.
 
The Livingston native spent three years (2010-2013) with the English Premier League side, Liverpool FC. Wilson made his debut for the Reds on September 22, 2010 against Northampton Town in the third round of the League Cup. The following year, he became a Football League Cup winner with Liverpool during the 2011-12 campaign. He played in the earlier rounds, including a 3-1 win at Exeter City in round two, which was a 200th win for Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish. During his time at Anfield, he appeared in nine games, including five Europa League games.

 


 

 


 

2. He became the youngest Rangers player to play in the UEFA Champions match

At the age of 17 years and 312 days, Wilson made his third senior appearance as a started with the Rangers in their UEFA Champions League 1–1 draw against Unirea Urziceni. He became the club’s youngest player in Europe since Willie Henderson in 1961 to feature in a Champions League match.

 


 

 


 

3. He developed through the ranks in the Scotland national team

The central defender represented Scotland through various levels, starting with the U-17s all the way up to the first team. He made his senior debut on November 16, 2010, and scored his first international goal in Scotland’s 3-0 win over Faroe Islands at the age of 18 years, 10 months and 20 days. In all, he had five total caps for the Scottish senior side, including friendlies against Northern Ireland, Brazil, and Denmark. He played the full 90 minutes of a Euro 2012 qualifier in the Czech Republic, which ended in a 2-2 draw. The match against Brazil, a 2-0 loss, was at Emirates Stadium in London. The Brazilian side that day featured Neymar, Dani Alves, and Maicon among others.

 


 

 

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