Smith keen to tie up Wilson future

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Walter Smith expects Danny Wilson to pledge his future to Rangers this coming week after grabbing his first goal for the club as the Scottish champions claimed a 4-1 win over Hearts in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.

The 18-year-old centre-half set the ball rolling at Tynecastle before a Kenny Miller goal and a double from Steven Naismith sealed the victory which allowed the Scottish champions to move 13 points clear at the top of the SPL, ahead of Celtic's meeting with Kilmarnock later in the day. Fellow teenager John Fleck penned a new deal on Friday and Smith is confident Wilson will follow suit in the coming days after talks between his representative and chief executive Martin Bain.

"There were one or two things that Martin had to speak to his agents about but hopefully we can complete that this week at some stage," said Smith.

"He's had quite a few opportunities in recent matches to score and he will be a little bit disappointed that he didn't get that goal prior to today but getting it today was good.

"Coming here, you are always hoping to get off to a good start and he got us an early one. You've got to say, for a young player, he is doing exceptionally well for us at the moment.''

Smith also hopes Saturday's double will be the start of Naismith returning to top form for Rangers, adding: "He has shown recently in little spells that he is getting back to the form that he was on.

"His time at Rangers has been badly interrupted by injury. I'm delighted for him because he is a good lad and I'm sure, now that he has got over this initial period and is back to playing, his best football will come in the future for Rangers."

Hearts boss Jim Jefferies admitted his side only had themselves to blame for the loss.

He said: "It shouldn't have been 4-1 but because of the gifts that we gave away, it was 4-1.

"We were punished for silly mistakes, especially in defence, and you don't get away with that against Rangers, especially with them going for the title. We beat ourselves."

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