Rangers supporters in the Transfer Tavern have used the first few days of 2018 as an opportunity to look back on their side’s fortunes in 2017, a year in which the gap between themselves and Old Firm rivals Celtic continued to increase.
The Gers struggled to a third place finish in the Scottish Premiership last season and eventually finished a staggering 39 points adrift of Brendan Rodgers’ side in the table, piling the pressure on manager Pedro Caixinha ahead of this campaign. So defeat to Luxembourg minnows Progres Niederkorn in Europa League qualifying hardly did his cause much good, with the Portuguese relieved from his duties back in October to be replaced by Graeme Murty, who has since steadied the ship and earned himself the job until the end of the season.
Consequently, there hasn’t been loads to shout about for our resident Rangers fans, yet they are likely to be encouraged by a recent report from The Herald, which outlines some interesting comments from defender Danny Wilson regarding his future at the club.
The 26-year-old made the move back to Ibrox in 2015 after five years away at Liverpool and Hearts, and he has since gone to appear a further 84 times for the Gers, netting four goals along the way.
However, the centre-back struggled for gametime under Caixinha earlier this term but has since found a regular place in Murty’s side, form he hopes can earn him a new deal at the club given that his current one is due to expire in the summer.
He said: ‘I really want to stay at Rangers. I’m in the last six months of my contract now so something will happen one way or another.
‘But I hope it’s to stay at Rangers because I’m never happier than when I’m here playing games.
‘Personally, I’d like it done sooner rather than later. But we haven’t spoken about it too much as yet so I’ll never take anything for granted. But hopefully it’ll get sorted. As far as I’m concerned, I see my future at Rangers.’
And these comments are sure to intrigue our resident Gers fans, who have seen Wilson start 12 successive matches under Murty, netting three goals to help the club steady the ship after a turbulent reign under Caixinha.
Landlord’s verdict: Danny Wilson earned just two Scottish Premiership appearances under Pedro Caixinha prior to his sacking back in October – he has since started all 12 of their league games under Graeme Murty.
And with three goals in that time, the 26-year-old is clearly doing something right to earn the Rangers manager’s trust, which the defender hopes can earn him a new deal at Ibrox beyond the summer.
He is free to speak to other clubs about moving on come the summer, but his recent comments suggest that his aim is to remain at Rangers, and more displays like in recent times may well earn him that new deal.
Rangers fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!