Rangers Academy star Kieran Wright believes that his stints out on loan have helped his development “more than anything” after giving him a regular taste of first-team football.

The Scotland under-21 keeper signed a new deal to extend his stay at the club yesterday and thinks playing at different levels has really helped him progress.

LIPPSTADT, GERMANY - MARCH 21: Goalkeeper Kieran Wright of Scotland makes a fist after the Under 19 Euro Qualifier between Germany and Scotland on March 21, 2018 in Lippstadt, Germany. Rangers

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Wright has been on loan with Gala Fairydean, Albion Rovers and Raith Rovers so far and could head out again in January – and that’s something the keeper is likely to get right behind.

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“We’ve experienced a lot of changes here within the academy, and they’ve really benefitted me personally and I’ve been able to adapt to those and it’s helped me step by step,” Wright told Rangers TV.

“I think that those experiences out on loan have helped me maybe more than anything. It gave me a taste of first-team football at a really young age and coming up through the levels each time has helped me a lot.”

This season, Wright has regularly been part of the matchday pool and is often seen helping the first-team keeper’s go through their warm-up routine pre-match.

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With his deal keeping him at Ibrox until 2021, the keeper will be hoping to take another step towards a first-team place.

The likely departures of Wes Foderingham, Jak Alnwick and Andy Firth should help – leaving Wright competing with Robby McCrorie to play understudy to Allan McGregor next season.

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