By Mike Slater

9th Dec, 2022 | 7:40pm

Celtic look to beat Rangers to Hearts wonder striker James Wilson in new transfer reveal

Celtic are looking to beat Rangers to the signing of Hearts wonderkid James Wilson as they have made their move this week, according to the Daily Record.

The newspaper has reported on its website that the Hoops have sent letters galore around Scotland as they look to raid other academies like the Bears have in recent times.

Rangers are in the fight for Wilson along with English giants Manchester United and Spurs as the race only looks to be getting hotter before a resolution is found.

Registration rules allow clubs to send letters to others sharing their wishes to open talks with younger players, who will only bring in compensation for their old sides after they have signed professional contracts.

The Glasgow Times has reported this week that the Bears themselves have been given permission for talks by Hearts after sending a letter themselves.

Worryingly though, it was also shared that Manchester United are ahead in the race as Wilson gets ready to make a move away from Tynecastle on his 16th birthday.

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The finishing line is not getting any closer despite permission being granted already, with more clubs joining the race with each passing day it seems.

Wilson will want a clear pathway to first-team football wherever he joins, and the best place for that would surely be Rangers, especially now that Michael Beale has come in.

Moving to England would be a mistake, with young players at Spurs and Manchester United instantly going missing, there are little to no success stories from academies at those two compared to big-money signings.

Look at the likes of Calvin Bassey, Nathan Patterson, Alex Lowry and Leon King who have all made a name for themselves in recent years at Ibrox with two of them then earning those big moves.

Wilson will have no doubt completed a first round of talks over a move to Ibrox, and if he got that good feeling, he must simply sign on the dotted line next month – forget about everyone else.

In other Rangers news, Tam McManus has suggested there could still be change in the boardroom despite Douglas Park staying on as chairman