The Colorado Rapids have signed defender Danny Wilson from Scottish Premiership side Rangers.
Wilson, 26, inked a three-year contract with a club option for a fourth year. He will take up an international roster spot for the MLS club pending receipt of his International Transfer Certificate and P-1 visa.
The signing of Wilson continues an offseason makeover by general manager Padraig Smith and new coach Anthony Hudson that has now seen eight players come on board. Wilson is the second center-back to be signed following the acquisition of Ipswich Town defender Tommy Smith.
“Danny’s signing is an important addition to our back line,” Smith said. “In addition to his experience and leadership, Danny is in the prime of his career, and will be one of the best passing center backs in the league. We look forward to welcoming him to Colorado.”
Wilson’s stint with Rangers was the second of his professional career. He began his career with the Glasgow club in 2009 before moving to Liverpool in 2010. But he made just four first-team appearances with the Reds and embarked on a series of loan moves before signing permanently with Hearts in 2013.
He returned to Rangers in 2015 and made 83 league and cup appearances prior to his move to Colorado. At international level, Wilson has made five appearances for Scotland.
“First and foremost, I would like to thank Rangers, as well as their supporters, for the terrific support they showed during my time with the club,” Wilson said. “But in my discussions with Padraig and Coach Hudson, it became clear that the Rapids have a very ambitious vision for the future, and I can’t wait to join the team and start the process of bringing that vision to life.”
Jeff Carlisle covers MLS and the U.S. national team for ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter @JeffreyCarlisle.