Highly-rated youth international keeper signs Gers deal as Mulholland work continues
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Rangers keeper Kieran Wright signs new Ibrox contract

Young Rangers keeper Kieran Wright has signed a contract extension with the club, keeping him at Ibrox until at least 2021.

The teenage stopper has been capped by Scotland at U17s and U19s level, while he’s also been involved in U21 squads in the recent past.

Wright in U19 action for Scotland against Germany. (Photo by Juergen Schwarz/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Wright has been a regular at first-team training this season and was called up as cover for the trip to Ross County in late-October due to concerns over the fitness of Allan McGregor.

Following loan spells with the likes of Albion and Raith Rovers, he’s remained with the Gers this season, turning out regularly for the Development and Colts teams.

“I am delighted for Kieran that his contract has been extended at the club until 2021,” Head of Academy, Craig Mulholland, told Rangers.co.uk.“It is a reward for the hard work he has undertaken, but also the dedication from our Goalkeeping staff Colin Stewart and Graeme Smith.”

“They have not only pushed his development every day but have contributed to an individual development plan which has challenged Kieran through exposure to first-team training.

“We look forward to seeing Kieran develop for both Rangers and Scotland under-21s over the next 18 months.”

Following new deals for full-backs Nathan Patterson and James Maxwell in recent days, this is another showing of faith in a talented young player.

At 19, we imagine Wright is still some way away from being ready for first-team exposure, but he is one of three homegrown stoppers now tied to the club until at least the end of next season.

Fellow Scotland youth international Robby McCrorie is currently on loan at Queen of the South but is contracted until 2022, while Lewis Budinauckas will also remain at Ibrox, having penned a new deal last week.

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