HE was champing at the bit but he wasn’t knocking on the door. Rather than go asking for answers, Danny Wilson knew he had to do his talking on the pitch.

After playing three games in six days at the start of the season, the defender didn’t pull on his boots again until late last month.

It was a recall that was a long time coming for Wilson but it is a chance that he has made the most of as Graeme Murty has led Rangers to successive Premiership wins.

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As the weeks went on and the matches passed him by, Wilson’s frustrations naturally grew while Pedro Caixinha stuck with Bruno Alves and Fabio Cardoso and then pitched Ross McCrorie into action.

Wilson didn’t go and see Caixinha and ask for an explanation, however. Now, his patience has paid off as he looks to prove his faith in his ability was well placed.

"I've done that previously and it doesn't really get you anywhere,” Wilson said.

“I think the best thing you can do is just try to work hard and hopefully you will get your chance again.

“Obviously, there was a change of manager and I came back in, probably through injuries and suspension. So once you get in, you need to try and show what you can do, so hopefully I have done enough to stay in the team.

"The manager said that the team who had played the previous weekend had done enough to play again. So I was delighted he picked the same team so I could get another run out.

"I've been in football long enough now - I'm 25 and I know how it works. You can go through wee stages where you play every week and sometimes you are not quoted at all.

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“It is frustrating, but you just need to try and get on as best you can with and work hard in the training ground. That's all you can do really do.

“Whether the decisions is a given or not, you just need to do anything you can so the finger can't be pointed at out, so that someone else is just not fancying you. I've done that and played the last two games."

It was no surprise that Caixinha put his faith in summer signings Alves and Cardoso but it is to Wilson and McCrorie that Murty has turned in the last week.

Alves missed out on a return to the team against Partick Thistle after being ruled out through suspension against Hearts, while Cardoso is still recovering from the broken nose he sustained in the defeat to Motherwell.

Wilson was given assurances by Caixinha over his status earlier in the campaign. It is under Murty that he has been given a chance to prove himself, though.

Wilson said: "When I spoke to him (Caixinha) he said I was still an important player, but managers can tell you that and go a different way. As it was, he went with the pairing that started the season.

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“In the last few weeks there has been injuries and suspension, but other players were used.

“I found myself back in though and all I've done is to try and do the best I can because I want to be here and stay here.

"No [I wasn’t thinking about a January move], because look how quickly things can change. A change of management and I am back in.

“There could have been injuries, suspensions, loss of form to the players that were playing and I could have been back in. So I didn't give January too much thought.

“I want to be here and play here and I want to stay focused on that. Now that I have played a couple of games, hopefully I am in a better place."

Wilson is where he wants to be - at Rangers and in the team - right now, but while the departure of Caixinha has opened the door for him, it has also started another period of uncertainty for everyone at Ibrox.

Having burst onto the scene under Walter Smith’s guidance, he is now awaiting the appointment of another manager, his third in his second spell at Rangers.

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The defender was tipped for the top in his early days in Light Blue and the coming weeks could shape where he spends the next few years of his career.

“To be honest I don’t mind,” Wilson said of comments from his detractors. “People can say it’s unfulfilled potential, but when I was being built up as a teenager it wasn’t me who was doing it.

“Every young player needs time and will have good days and bad days. I’m happy where I am now – happier than where I was a few weeks ago.

“I wasn’t even stripped for games and now I’m playing. I’ve always believed I can do it and going forward I want to play a lot more for this club.

“I’m only 25 and for centre-halves that’s still young. I made my debut at 17 and it seems as if I’ve been around for ages. It feels that way!

“I still have a long career ahead of me and I hope I can be here contributing.”

As the process to appoint Caixinha’s successor continues, it is Murty who will retain control on a day-to-day basis as he turns his attentions to the visit of Hamilton a week on Saturday.

His impact at Ibrox has been immediate. Any turnaround for Rangers is a collective effort, though.

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Wilson said: "You can probably tell what kind of guy he is in the dressing room. In his meetings he conducts himself very well.

“He's just let us go and play and given us, what he calls, more ownership - which is to give us a bit more responsibility, which I think was something we had to do as players.

“That's two managers this year that have gone ad we players have to feel responsible for that. So that's put a bit of an onus on us to go out there and show what we can do.”

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