PREMIERSHIP legend, Scotland captain – Danny Wilson’s destiny.

Nacho Novo has watched the 18-year-old blossom from training-ground rookie to the top of the tree. And he believes there’s nothing the kid can’t do in the game.

Wilson will seal a move to Liverpool within days – after just one season of senior football.

But the 25 games he has played for Rangers prove that pressure washes over him like water off a duck’s back.

In his first seven matches as a 17-year-old he played in two Champions League games as well as an Old Firm clash. And it looked like the young stopper was born to be there.

However, Novo insists it’s not just Wilson’s ability on the pitch that will take him to the top – his maturity off it stands him in good stead to deal with the superstardom coming his way.

The Spaniard said: „As soon as I saw Danny play it looked as if he’d been in the first team for six years.

„The Champions League match in Romania against Unirea was only his second game. And for a boy of that age he was fantastic.

„He had been training with us so we knew what he was capable of doing – but maybe not straight away like that.

„Danny will become a top-class centre-half. He’s capable of anything.

„He can defend and passes the ball so well. Danny has also shown he can play in the Champions League which is hard when you’re so young. He will improve wherever he goes.

„Danny’s also a strong lad and it seems like he already has the experience. I just love him as a player – he’s the best young centre-half I have played with.”

Wilson sailed through his first season in the top team at Ibrox, racking up Young Player of the Year awards from the PFA and the football writers.

However, the road off the park has been a little more rocky and this summer was always going to be a crossroads for the talented defender.

With a year to go on his deal and Rangers in the financial mire it was always going to be stick or twist.

Gers know they’ve been getting a prince of a player on pauper’s wages, with no appearance cash or bonuses built into Wilson’s youth-team contract.

But when it came to the crunch the new deal they offered couldn’t live with the lure of Liverpool – and the club have opted to cash in rather than let him go for peanuts on a Bosman next year.

Novo insists none of the off-field issues has affected Wilson.

And he believes facing Fernando Torres in training will help the stopper reach the peak of his powers quicker.

Speaking at the launch of his book, I Said No Thanks, Nacho said: „Playing alongside top players in training makes you learn even more.

„Danny is a quick learner and has always loved to train and play.

„I can see him as a future Scotland captain. Why not? He will definitely be one of the best defenders in Europe.”

And the Spaniard reckons even that lofty status won’t faze Wilson.

Novo added: „Danny has the right personality. The most important thing for young players is keeping their feet on the ground and Danny is spot on.

„He has also been lucky because he will have learned a lot from working with Davie Weir.

„Davie hasn’t missed a minute in the league this season and he’s 39. That’s a great example for youngsters.

Novo will head back to Spain for the summer, his future uncertain.

He has resigned himself to leaving Rangers after six seasons and Middlesbrough look favourites to add him to their colony of SPL refugees.

But the 30-year-old won’t be worrying too much about that as he kicks back and watches his nation chase glory at the World Cup. He said: „Spain are the favourites and we’ve earned that right after the way we’ve played in the past couple of years.

„But we lost to the USA last year at the Confederations Cup so you never know in football.

„Everyone in Spain is hoping the injured players can come back. I think Torres, Cesc Fabregas and Andres Iniesta will make it.

„Pedro has been improving for Barcelona too and is scoring goals. When you train with Lionel Messi you’ll obviously get better.

„The big thing for us is coping with expectations. But Spain won’t be complacent after that defeat to America.”

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Danny Wilson’s class on the park and maturity off it will help him handle big move, says Nacho Novo

PREMIERSHIP legend, Scotland captain – Danny Wilson’s destiny.

Nacho Novo has watched the 18-year-old blossom from training-ground rookie to the top of the tree. And he believes there’s nothing the kid can’t do in the game.

Wilson will seal a move to Liverpool within days – after just one season of senior football.

But the 25 games he has played for Rangers prove that pressure washes over him like water off a duck’s back.

In his first seven matches as a 17-year-old he played in two Champions League games as well as an Old Firm clash. And it looked like the young stopper was born to be there.

However, Novo insists it’s not just Wilson’s ability on the pitch that will take him to the top – his maturity off it stands him in good stead to deal with the superstardom coming his way.

The Spaniard said: „As soon as I saw Danny play it looked as if he’d been in the first team for six years.

„The Champions League match in Romania against Unirea was only his second game. And for a boy of that age he was fantastic.

„He had been training with us so we knew what he was capable of doing – but maybe not straight away like that.

„Danny will become a top-class centre-half. He’s capable of anything.

„He can defend and passes the ball so well. Danny has also shown he can play in the Champions League which is hard when you’re so young. He will improve wherever he goes.

„Danny’s also a strong lad and it seems like he already has the experience. I just love him as a player – he’s the best young centre-half I have played with.”

Wilson sailed through his first season in the top team at Ibrox, racking up Young Player of the Year awards from the PFA and the football writers.

However, the road off the park has been a little more rocky and this summer was always going to be a crossroads for the talented defender.

With a year to go on his deal and Rangers in the financial mire it was always going to be stick or twist.

Gers know they’ve been getting a prince of a player on pauper’s wages, with no appearance cash or bonuses built into Wilson’s youth-team contract.

But when it came to the crunch the new deal they offered couldn’t live with the lure of Liverpool – and the club have opted to cash in rather than let him go for peanuts on a Bosman next year.

Novo insists none of the off-field issues has affected Wilson.

And he believes facing Fernando Torres in training will help the stopper reach the peak of his powers quicker.

Speaking at the launch of his book, I Said No Thanks, Nacho said: „Playing alongside top players in training makes you learn even more.

„Danny is a quick learner and has always loved to train and play.

„I can see him as a future Scotland captain. Why not? He will definitely be one of the best defenders in Europe.”

And the Spaniard reckons even that lofty status won’t faze Wilson.

Novo added: „Danny has the right personality. The most important thing for young players is keeping their feet on the ground and Danny is spot on.

„He has also been lucky because he will have learned a lot from working with Davie Weir.

„Davie hasn’t missed a minute in the league this season and he’s 39. That’s a great example for youngsters.

Novo will head back to Spain for the summer, his future uncertain.

He has resigned himself to leaving Rangers after six seasons and Middlesbrough look favourites to add him to their colony of SPL refugees.

But the 30-year-old won’t be worrying too much about that as he kicks back and watches his nation chase glory at the World Cup. He said: „Spain are the favourites and we’ve earned that right after the way we’ve played in the past couple of years.

„But we lost to the USA last year at the Confederations Cup so you never know in football.

„Everyone in Spain is hoping the injured players can come back. I think Torres, Cesc Fabregas and Andres Iniesta will make it.

„Pedro has been improving for Barcelona too and is scoring goals. When you train with Lionel Messi you’ll obviously get better.

„The big thing for us is coping with expectations. But Spain won’t be complacent after that defeat to America.”

Read the article on Glasgow Daily Record

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