Wilson will shine for Reds

Liverpool secured the services of Danny Wilson on a three-year deal on Wednesday - but what can the Reds expect from the Scottish starlet? caught up with Daily Record sports journalist Gordon Parks to get the lowdown on the 18-year-old defender.

Liverpool have now completed the signing of Danny Wilson. What kind of player is he?

Danny is a left sided central defender who has showed a maturity beyond his years since breaking through into the Rangers first team. Tall, athletic and composed on the ball, Danny's positional sense and pace to recover situations earmarked him as a talent from a young age.

He was named Scottish Young Player of the Year last season - just how good is he?

Danny was the outstanding young Scottish player in the SPL last season and by some distance. Despite still being in his teens, he strolled through many games alongside David Weir and has the potential to become the outstanding young Scottish defender of his generation.

What is it that makes him stand out?

Danny is incredibly calm for someone of his age, his quiet off field manner belies a determination to reach the very top. Since his introduction into the Rangers side there has been no hint that he's fazed by the step up.

Can he play in other positions other than centre back?

No. He's a ball-winning centre half who distributes the ball superbly with a terrific range of passing but he's not regarded as a versatile player.

Will Rangers be sad to see him leave?

The Rangers fans are exasperated at having to watch their most gifted young player leave but they appreciate the sound financial sense the move makes. In an ideal world they would love to have watched him develop but economics have driven a transfer which brings much needed funds into the club.

How will he cope in the pace and power of the Barclays Premier League?

Not an issue. Danny is as quick as you could hope for in a defender and he's only going to become physically stronger in this environment.

Glasgow is similar to Liverpool in that it lives and breathes football - is he the kind of player that will be loved by the Kop?

He may take time to find his way at Liverpool but the fans will see a youngster of genuine class. They will appreciate his ability to use the ball from the back which is a trademark of the Liverpool style.

He has featured for Scotland at U21 level but how far off is a potential call-up to the senior team?

Danny is on the fringe of the full Scotland set-up and his progress in the Premier League will accelerate his promotion.

What was his best performance in a Rangers shirt and when did you realise he was potentially a special player?

After being thrown into a Champions League tie against Unirea Urziceni he excelled in what was the ultimate baptism of fire. It was only his second top team game and he passed the test with flying colours. Danny is also remembered for his display against Celtic in January after being pitched in at the last minute.

Is he good enough to challenge for a first-team place at Anfield straight away? There will be stiff competition from the likes of Carra, Agger, Skrtel and Kyrgiakos...

I wouldn't bet against it. There is a steely determination about a player who believes he can operate in this level of company.

Liverpool have a rich history of Scottish stars. Can he go on to one day stand alongside the likes of Dalglish, Hansen, Souness etc?

It's a big ask but all the signs point towards Danny rising to this challenge and playing alongside a better calibre of player will bring his game to a level but the sky is the limit for the youngster.

Just how good a move is this for Liverpool?

Danny could prove to be a bargain if he makes the kind of impact which is expected of him. Time will tell but there are few negatives in the make-up of a terrific young talent.

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