Football - Liverpool FC: LIVERPOOL target Danny Wilson believes the influence of former Everton duo Walter Smith and David Weir has helped bring him to the brink of a move to Merseyside.
The 18-year-old is expected to complete a switch from Glasgow Rangers when the summer transfer window opens at the beginning of June.
The deal is expected to cost Liverpool around £2.5million, a fee which could rise to as much as £4m with add-ons and incentives.
Centre-back Wilson, who has only a year remaining on his Ibrox contract, has emerged as one the brightest fledgling talents in Scotland, winning both the PFA and FWA Young Player awards north of the border for this season.
And he paid tribute to Rangers manager Smith and centre-back colleague David Weir – both formerly of Everton – for their help and advice since breaking into the first team.
“I’ve already admitted I would have been happy with just one appearance this season,” said Wilson. “But I’ve played 24 matches, two of them being Champions League appearances as well as making my Old Firm debut so I really couldn’t have asked for any more.
“For that, firstly, I owe Walter Smith a great deal of gratitude as he has shown a lot of faith in me.
“He could have easily changed things around, moving in players from other areas of the team as opposed to playing me.
“He is a serious manager, but he is also an approachable manager. You can talk to him and his advice is excellent.”
Of 40-year-old Weir, Wilson added: “Davie has been brilliant with me. He is so calm on the field and you learn so much from training and playing beside him.
“Even during games, he never shouts or loses his composure.
“If you make a mistake then you know you have and that is still the case for someone as young as me.
“He is always constructive and I can’t thank him enough.”