HELENSBURGH’S Aidan Wilson is aiming to be involved in the Rangers first team within a year.
The former Hermitage Academy pupil spoke about his ambitions among other topics in his Twitter “Q and A” on Tuesday, where fans had the opportunity to ask the young defender questions.
The 18-year-old has recently been training with the Gers first team, and was on the bench against Partick Thistle two weeks ago.
And after seeing Rangers give fellow under-20s players Myles Beerman and David Bates first team involvement, he has been spurred on to get some first team minutes under his belt.
Speaking on Twitter, Wilson said: “One year from now I would like to see myself pushing for the first team.
“I’ve spoken to Myles to get his feedback about the differences between the 20s and first team
“The speed of the games and training are obviously quicker and more intense.
“[Being involved in the first team has been] unbelievable – I can see a pathway through to the first team and that’s encouraging for all the boys here.”
A range of other questions were put to the young Gers player, including the following...
Q: We’ve seen the esteem Clint Hill is held in at the club recently – how much have you learned from him in your time with the first team?
A: I’ve done one on one analysis with Clint – he’s picked up on things I can improve on. A huge help, great experience.
Q: Do you think going out on loan next season would improve you as a player?
A: I don’t know the timing but yes I need to experience competitive first team football to be ready to play here.
Q: Biggest influence on your career?
A: My injury two years ago made me more professional and I always work hard, train hard, eat well. – off the pitch too
Q: Who is the best player you have played with and against?
A: Best player against is Ze Gomes – plays for Benfica and Scotland under 17s – his movement was unbelievable.
Q: You were on the bench recently, which is great. Were you nervous?
A: You have nerves of course as you can hear the fans roaring, but what an experience.
Q: Who is your favourite old time player – apart from Kenny Miller, as he is not old?
A: Barry Ferguson – he had a great career and he broke through from the youth system. He always played for the jersey.
Q: What coaches have influenced you the most as you’ve been growing up?
A: I have been here since I was seven so I have had a lot of coaches – Andy Kennedy, recently Billy Kirkwood and Graeme Murty.
Q: Kenny Miller has been a great influence on the young players and the manager looks very positive – are they very strict?
A: Kenny has been great – he’s at most 20s games and his input is invaluable. He gives us all good advice and tips.