GRAEME Murty says he couldn’t let himself stand in the way of Danny Wilson’s switch to the MLS as he thanked the defender for the “fantastic” job he did with Rangers.
The 26-year-old’s move to the Colorado Rapids was confirmed on Monday as he ended his second spell at Ibrox.
Wilson’s contract with the Light Blues ended this summer and Murty said he had to let the player start a new adventure with his family in the States given the circumstances.
The Gers boss said: “Danny found it very difficult in the circumstances previous to my own appointment, he wasn’t in the squad and he felt as though he wasn’t going to be in the long term plans of the squad so he decided to look elsewhere.
“I came in and he came into the squad and I have to say I thought he was fantastic for us, he did a fantastic job, scored vital goals and stood up to big challenges and won big games for us.
“He decided that he had an option that he’d worked really hard to get for himself and his family in a different place.
“We had a bit of a heart to heart; he and I sat down for 40 minutes chatting about his options.
“He knows what I think of him as a person and as a player but he has decided that he and his family would benefit from a new challenge.
“I couldn’t hand on heart stand in the way of him, I could if I wanted to say to Danny no you are going to honour your contract, you are going to see it out until the end of the season but in good conscience I couldn’t sit across from him and tell him I was prepared to do that.
“I want the players to be happy, I want the players to be content and I want the players to be pushing and striving to make this place better.
“Danny felt his heart was away from the place and I thought it was better for all concerned to let him go and explore that.
“As we stand I am happy with the options we have, we have brought Russell Martin in, we have Ross coming back from injury, we have David Bates who has gone from strength to strength, we have Fabio Cardoso and we have Bruno Alves returning from injury.
“We have options there and you never know someone might come in for another one of our centre-halves and that would necessitate a change in policy from us.”
Away from Wilson’s move Murty was in reflective mood about his first transfer window. He will be on the touchline in the midst of the final hours of it on Wednesday evening as his side take on Fraserburgh in the fourth round of the Scottish Cup.
He continued: “I am not sure I agree with the transfer window mechanism anyway, I definitely don’t agree with the fact it is not synchronised across the globe. There are different windows open later than ours but it is just a situation we have to deal with.
“I am sure right up until the window closes my Director of Football and I will be fielding calls about our players and players who potentially want to come here.
“We have to make good solid footballing decisions to make sure we enhance our squad and enhance our challenge of closing the gap to those in front of us and making sure we have a positive second half of the season.
“It may be difficult but it is our job to make sure we do it in the best possible way.”