St. Johnstone manager Tommy Wright thinks the capture of Jason Holt on loan from Rangers will really help young midfielder Ali McCann as he admitted his delight at signing the midfield dynamo.

Holt penned a season-long loan which effectively ends his Rangers career and Wright is glad to have finally got the lengthy pursuit of Holt over the line.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 31: Erik Sviatchenko of Celtic vies with Jason Holt of Rangers during the Rangers v Celtic Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match at Ibrox Stadium on December 31, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland.
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Wright admits that McCann has done “brilliantly” but wanted to bring help in for the teenager and believes Holt fits the bill perfectly.

“I am delighted to get Jason in. He was one we targeted a while back so it was good to get it over the line,” Wright told The Courier.

“We are a young team but Jason will add experience to it and I think he’ll be great for young Ali McCann.

“Ali has done brilliantly so far this season but at 19 it was always going to be a big ask for him to play 30-odd games.

“With Jason coming in, we have an experienced player – someone who has played for big clubs – in there to help him out and he’s definitely someone he’ll learn from.”

Holt could make his Saints debut next weekend when Wright’s side travel to Pittodrie to face Aberdeen in the Scottish Premiership.

PERTH, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 03: Tommy Wright, Manager of St Johnstone looks on prior to the Ladbrokes Premiership match between St Johnstone and Celtic at McDiarmid Park on February 3, 2019 in Perth, United Kingdom.
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With only a year left on his Ibrox contract, an impressive stint at McDiarmid Park would really help Holt land a good move for next season – or even a permanent St. Johnstone deal.

After making over 100 appearances for the Gers in his time at Ibrox, fans were sad to see him go but acknowledge that he’s just a bit behind the first-team midfielders at Rangers now.

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