THE message from his manager is to be the best he can be. It is a challenge for Danny Wilson and one he is determined to rise to.

If he is to maintain his place in Mark Warburton’s plans, and have more medals to add to his personal haul, there has to be an individual and collective improvement at Ibrox this term.

After a campaign that saw him make 42 appearances for Rangers and become a mainstay of the side that won the Championship title, lifted the Petrofac Training Cup and reached the Scottish Cup final, Wilson must now prove himself all over again.

As the Light Blues’ forward line took most of the plaudits, their detractors often focused on the partnership of Wilson and Rob Kiernan. The performances, on a personal level and as a team, must be of a higher standard in the Premiership.

The arrival of Clint Hill has given Warburton another option at centre-back, and one more defender will arrive to give the Gers boss four to choose from.

Wilson will face a fight for his jersey and he is confident he can learn from his first season back in Light Blue as he and Rangers bid for further success next term.

"I did well in patches. I am looking to do better,” Wilson said.

“There were bits and pieces I felt I could do better and I will be looking to do that this coming season.

"I am quite hard on myself but I know last season there were too many ups and downs for myself from a personal point of view last season and I will be looking to be a lot better this season.

"It's difficult to say. There were times when as a team we were up and down and we couldn't quite put our finger on what that was.

“From a personal point of view, I was up and down, good bits and bad bits, but I am not quite sure.

“I go over games after I play them to see where I can do better and I will be doing the same again this season. I will do anything I can to try and get better.

“I will ask the management and just keep trying to be a better player than I was yesterday.

“It's not always easy. It sometimes takes time and experience but hopefully I can improve.”

Having achieved their main aim and clinched the Championship crown last season, Rangers will now set their sights on the top silverware in Scotland in the coming months.

Few outside Ibrox will give Warburton’s side a chance of emerging victorious in the Premiership and stopping Celtic from securing a sixth successive league flag.

But Wilson knows the Gers will have to live up to the expectations from the Ibrox crowd as the countdown continues to their top flight return.

He said: “At Rangers you don't pick and choose which games you win. We had disappointments in the Scottish Cup and League Cup last year and we will be looking to put that right this year.

"We want to do well in the league too. At this club you have to try and win every game. It's a short career and you want to look back and have great memories of winning trophies.

"I know what you are saying but expectations at this club mean you don't get time. I wouldn't ask for time either to improve.

“We know that once we are back we have to be challenging for the title but I would not have it any other way.

"Of course but we are the ones who are lucky enough to have this job of being a Rangers player. If you can't handle that pressure you shouldn't be here.

"That's how I look at it. I enjoy it. I want to be playing and winning trophies and it's something we are a squad are looking to do.”

It has been a productive summer so far for boss Warburton as he has added strength and depth to his squad in preparation for the new campaign.

The likes of Hill, Joey Barton and Niko Kranjcar have added much-needed experience to the Ibrox ranks and will be crucial in the Premiership.

Now Rangers have to prove that they have made significant strides forward as they prepare to step up a level next term.

Wilson said: “Coming back into the league and trying to get towards the top end of it is going to be difficult.

“The teams who have established themselves there over the last few seasons won’t be just going to move aside.

“It’s a challenge but why do you play football? You play to be at the top and hopefully that’s where we’ll be at the end of the season.

“We’re under no illusions about how difficult it will be to make the step up but we feel with the squad we have we’re capable of having a good season.

“There were a lot of players left at the end of last season so we’ve still got a few to join us for different reasons. The ones who’ve come in have fitted really well.

“It’s early days to say how well we’ll do as a squad but we’re confident that we’re going in the right direction.

“There were always going to be changes from last season and we need to allow time for them to happen but we’ve also got to make sure that when the first game comes we’re right at it.”