CELTIC have been alerted to the fact that Danny Wilson will quit Hearts at the end of the season – for FREE.
The former Rangers defender, who has been linked with the SPFL champions, is poised to activate a clause in his contract that will allow him to move for no fee..
Wilson, who cost Liverpool £2million when he joined in July 2010 on the recommendation of Kenny Dalglish, has already informed manager Robbie Neilson and Director of Football Craig Levein of his intentions.
The 23-year-old Scotland international originally switched to the Edinburgh outfit from Anfield on loan in January 2013 and was offered a permanent deal six months later after the Merseyside giants didn’t take up the option of an extension.
League authorities originally blocked the move after Hearts plunged into administration which prevented them registering new players. However, officials back-tracked and former boss Gary Locke was allowed to sign Wilson and make him team captain.
When the club were relegated at the end of last season following their 15-point deduction, it looked odds-on Wilson would join the exodus from Gorgie along with first-team regulars Jamie MacDonald, Jamie Hamill and Ryan Stevenston.
However, he agreed to stay to help the club back into the top flight and his last action as Hearts skipper will be to pick up the Championship trophy at the end of the final game of a successful campaign against his ex-Ibrox side on May 2.
Ronny Deila has already admitted the Hoops will be looking for at least one new central defender in the summer with the likelihood that Jason Denayer will not be allowed a second loan spell by Manchester City. The Norwegian also declared that Wilson was “on his radar”after CQN Magazine revealed that the player was high on the summer shopping list.
The classy back-four operator played down the comments, but admitted: “I think you have got to be open to anything in your career.”