Wilson playing for Celtic in 2012
|Full name||Kelvin James Wilson|
|Date of birth||3 September 1985|
|Place of birth||Nottingham, England|
|Height||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|2006–2007||Preston North End||27||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15:03, 25 March 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
He started his career with Notts County, before moving to Preston North End in 2006. Nottingham Forest signed him one year later for £300,000. He moved to Celtic in 2011 on a free transfer. On 9 August 2013, Wilson re-signed for Nottingham Forest for a fee of £2.5m.
Wilson started his career at Notts County, making his debut for the club in a 4–0 loss to Hartlepool United on 17 April 2004. In 2004–05 he became a regular in their back-line and was named Players' player and most improved player in his first full season.
After 78 league appearances in three seasons, Wilson was taken on loan in March 2006 by Preston North End, then signed up at the end of the season on a free transfer. He started 16 games in the 2006–07 season. During his time at Preston he scored in the league against Stoke City and in the FA Cup against Crystal Palace.
In July 2007, Wilson signed for Nottingham Forest for £300,000, committing him to a four-year deal with his home town club. In the 2007–08 campaign, Wilson was a virtual ever-present in defence, as he helped Forest gain automatic promotion to the Championship after finishing second in League One. He made 42 appearances, missing a few games due to a red card in Forest's 2–1 victory over Huddersfield Town and an injury towards the end of the season. Wilson helped Forest amass a total of 24 clean sheets in his first season at the club which was a league record.
In 2009, Wilson could not reproduce his League One form at Championship standard, with the season ending in a relegation battle. On 13 April 2009, a red card for a head butt on Sheffield United's Greg Halford saw Wilson's season finish under a black cloud.
Wilson missed the first month of the 2009–10 season through injury. On his return from injury he helped Nottingham Forest reach the Championship play-offs in May 2010, where they lost to Blackpool at the semi-final stage. It was around this time that Scottish Premier League side Celtic were first linked with an interest in signing Wilson. Wilson remained at Forest for the following season and played in 10 of their league games up to January 2011. By this time Celtic had renewed their interest in Wilson, and on 7 January 2011 he signed a pre-contact agreement to join Celtic in the summer of 2011. Nottingham Forest manager Billy Davies thereafter did not play Wilson in any game for the remainder of his time at the City Ground although Wilson denied there was any rift between the two.
Having signed a pre-contract agreement with Celtic on 7 January 2011, Wilson officially joined the club on 1 July 2011. Celtic manager Neil Lennon had played alongside Wilson during Lennon's brief spell at Forest in 2007. Lennon said about Wilson, "I like him a lot. I played with him for six months when I was at Forest. He was 22 then and still developing physically. We have watched him for the last couple of years and he has been very consistent in the Championship", adding "He's very quick, composed on the ball and decent in the air as well".
Wilson made his debut for Celtic in their opening match of the 2011-12 Scottish Premier League, a 2–0 win over Hibernian. He gave a strong performance, making two crucial interventions which denied Hibs goalscoring opportunities and kept Celtic's 1–0 lead intact. He played in Celtic's next two matches as they beat Aberdeen 1–0, then Dundee United 5–1. He was due to start in Celtic's first European match of the season against FC Sion on 13 August, but picked up a leg injury in the build-up to the match, which ended 0–0. This injury kept him out of Celtic's next two matches, both of which ended in defeat. He made his return on 28 August in a 2–0 win over St. Mirren. He then made his European debut in a 2–0 loss to Atlético Madrid at the Vicente Calderón. On 18 September Wilson played in Celtic's 4–2 defeat against Old Firm rivals Rangers and was responsible for the first goal. His poor clearance allowed Steven Naismith to put Rangers in the lead. His next game for Celtic was against Ross County in the Scottish League Cup. Celtic won 2–0 but Wilson had to come off at half-time. Celtic later discovered that he had suffered an achilles tear and would be out for between eight and ten weeks.
After a lacklustre first season, Wilson put in an improved performance in the second leg of Celtic's UEFA Champions League play-off against Helsingborgs. Many Celtic fans have identified this game as the turning point of Wilson's Celtic career. His good European form continued into the SPL, solidifying his place within the Celtic starting eleven once again.
On 23 October 2012, Wilson put in one of the finest performances of his career, shutting out Lionel Messi in Celtic's narrow 2–1 defeat to Barcelona at the Camp Nou. He also excelled in the reverse fixture at Celtic Park, helping Celtic to a 2–1 win over Barcelona, and subsequently helped Celtic to qualify for the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League.
During the summer Wilson expressed a desire to return south to England for family reasons, with former club Nottingham Forest making public in July their interest in re-signing him. On 8 August 2013, Celtic manager Neil Lennon confirmed that Wilson would return to former club Nottingham Forest.
Return to Nottingham Forest
On 9 August 2013, Wilson re-signed for Nottingham Forest for a fee of £2.5m. However, Wilson injured his ankle in training a few weeks later. Wilson made a handful of appearances after that but then required to undergo surgery to his back in November 2013, and did not play any games between 19 October 2013 and 5 April 2014.
- As of 10 February 2014
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other||Total|
|Notts County||2003–04||Division Two||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||3||0|
|Preston North End||2005–06||Championship||6||0||—||—||—||6||0|
|Nottingham Forest||2007–08||League One||42||0||3||0||2||0||0||0||47||0|
|Celtic||2011–12||Scottish Premier League||15||0||3||0||2||0||2[c]||0||22||0|
|2012–13||Scottish Premier League||32||0||5||0||3||0||10[d]||0||50||0|
- Nottingham Forest
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