Rory Wilson set to join Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa

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Young Rangers striker Rory Wilson has confirmed his intentions to leave the Scottish side in the summer. The 16-year-old striker is out of contract in the summer. Footballscotland have reported that Rory Wilson is close to joining Steven Gerrard’s side Aston Villa.

Rory Wilson has enjoyed a stellar season with the Rangers at the youth level. The striker has recorded an impressive 49 goals for different youth age brackets at Rangers levels and Scotland’s under-17s. The young striker has also made four appearances in the UEFA Youth League this term. (stats via Transfermarkt)

Steven Gerrard looks set to sign one of the brightest prospects from his former side Rangers. Rory Wilson has also admitted his desire to move to England. Talking about his future in an interview earlier this season, Rory Wilson said:

“Rangers have been brilliant for me. There’s no getting away from that” “But it’s time to move on and get to the next level. I’d like to thank Rangers for everything they have done for me because it’s been great for me over the last eight years, but it’s time to leave.

“I’ll probably be going down south. We’ll wait and see what happens in the next couple of weeks. Everything will be sorted very soon. At Rangers, all the coaches have been fantastic for me. I can’t thank them enough for all their help. I want to go down south and try and prove myself and become a top player and that’s what I am going to do.”

Rory Wilson’s impressive record with the Scotland Under 17s

He started all of Scotland’s games in the European Under 17 Championship earlier this term. However, Scotland lost all of their games in the contraptions and were knocked out in the group stage. But Rory Wilson has recorded an impressive seven goals in just nine matches for the under-17s. Talking about the competition, Rory Wilson said:

“The tournament was a great experience for me. Obviously, we didn’t get the results we wanted, but to play against some of the best young players in Europe was great for me. I’ll take a lot from it. “

“The goal I scored against Denmark was my 49th of the season and I would have loved to have scored my 50th against Sweden, but it just wasn’t to be. I’ll have a break and get ready for next season now. I’ve really enjoyed my season and I’ve loved playing every minute of it. Finally, the season was great for me personally and to score that amount of goals was an extra bonus for me.”

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