PEDRO CAIXINHA has been impressed by the progress of Danny Wilson in recent weeks and confirmed he’s available for selection this weekend.

The Light Blues central defender bloodied his nose in an aerial duel with Adam Rooney but will be available for the match against Partick Thistle at Ibrox on Saturday.

Wilson has played at the heart of the Gers defence in the last two matches, helping to keep two clean sheets and Caixinha

He said: “Danny’s nose isn’t broken, there isn’t a fracture there, which is good. He doesn’t need to have any kind of intervention, so he can train with us.

“I think Danny can be the leader of this defence for the coming years. He is only 25 and he is a very skillful player, he is aggressive when he needs to be aggressive.

“He knows how to build up from the back and he has a fantastic left foot and can either build up from the back. He can play long balls wide, long diagonal balls and finding spaces by the domino principle to find the space between the lines.”

Wilson has been capped for Scotland five times in his career and scored on his debut for Craig Levein’s side, in a 3-0 friendly win over the Faroe Islands in November 2010. His last cap came against the Czech Republic in September 2011 and Caixinha would like to help him resurrect his international career.

“He is a very good player, I have a lot of confidence in him and I think he will still grow within games.

“If someone goes to Liverpool at a young age and to have played for the Scottish national team, he needs to have a strong character, a strong personality and of course a lot of quality.

“I believe he can get on that path at any moment because he has the potential and the quality to do that and I will be very pleased if I can get him in that direction again.”

Elsewhere, Caixinha confirmed that he doesn’t expect Rob Kiernan and Clint Hill to be available for selection for the game against Alan Archibald’s Jags.

He said: “Clint (Hill) maybe needs this week again and Rob (Kiernan) maybe also needs this week. We need to keep assessing with the physio and the doctor to see how things are going.”

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