Rangers defender Aidan Wilson looked set for big things when he burst into the first-team at the tail end of the 2016/17 season – but the Scottish youth international seems to have been stuck in limbo ever since.

Wilson made a handful of appearances under Pedro Caixinha after earning rave reviews in the under-20s but subsequent loan deals haven’t done much for his long-term prospects.

Thalis of Brazilian club Atletico Mineiro (R) is challenged by Aidan Wilson of Scottish club Rangers FC during their Florida Cup soccer game at Orlando City Stadium in Orlando, Florida on January 11, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Gregg Newton

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The 20-year-old spent the first part of this season with Forfar before returning to Ibrox in January but seems to have fallen down the pecking order in the Gers reserve squad.

With only Connor Goldson and Nikola Katic as senior central defenders at the club for next season, Steven Gerrard may need to turn to the Academy sides for cover.

Marquinhos Gabriel of Brazilian club Corinthians (R) is challenged by Aidan Wilson of Scottish club Rangers FC during their Florida Cup soccer game at Orlando City Stadium in Orlando, Florida on January 13, 2018. The Rangers scored four unanswered goals in the second half for a 4-2 victory. / AFP PHOTO / Gregg Newton

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Given how his career has seemingly stalled over the last 12 months though, it appears unlikely that Wilson would be the first name Gerrard would turn to.

 

When he first broke into the side, Wilson impressed with his performances and showed that he has the potential to force his way into a regular place.

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Thalis of Brazilian club Atletico Mineiro (R) is challenged by Aidan Wilson of Scottish club Rangers FC during their Florida Cup soccer game at Orlando City Stadium in Orlando, Florida on January 11, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Gregg Newton / Gregg Newton

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Although he’s not the most naturally talented player in the club’s ranks, Wilson has garnered a reputation with the Academy staff for his hard work and willingness to put the effort in to make the most of his opportunity.

After seeing former Academy team-mates like Ross McCrorie and David Bates graduate to the first-team, hopefully, there’s still a chance for Wilson to prove himself at Ibrox.

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