Stephen Wright is a possibility to return to Rangers for a fourth time with the former right-back in line to replace Craig Mulholland as academy director.

Having coached in the academy and been the head of intermediate academy and school coach working alongside the likes of Peter Lovenkrands and Andy Little, the 53-year old could now land the top job according to the Dundee Courier.

Stephen Wright left Rangers to head up Dundee’s youth set up and the experience will be vital if he is to take a step in levels, as will his previous experience at Auchenhowie.

There was though, some confusion and a twist in the tale.

Replying to a post on Twitter, Stevie Clifford of the Four Lads Had a Dream blog, revealed that the club have officially denied that Wright is being spoken to about the key vacancy.

It wouldn’t be the first time that the club poured cold water on a rumour purely to divert attention.

Whoever replaces Craig Mulholland, tipped to follow Ross Wilson to Nottingham Forest, will have a good starting point with the former director having held the role since 2015.

He can point to players like Robby McCrorie, Nathan Patterson, Adam Devine, Leon King and Alex Lowry as being success stories, with Stephen Kelly and Ross McCrorie also doing well for themselves at other clubs.

Wright’s remit would be to see that conveyor belt improve.

What will Stephen Wright’s biggest test be if he lands Rangers academy job?

The foundations have been laid but the transition from youth or B team football to the first team is one that is the hardest to make.

In recent years Rangers fans have seen Dapo Mebude, Kai Kennedy and Josh McPake all make exciting breakthroughs, only to go out on loan and fail to live up to expectations.

How the academy and first team work together to bridge that gap will be key to improving the strike rate.

Not every player that comes through will be a success, the ones that do make it don’t even have to be regular starters.

Adam Devine is a great example.

He has saved the club money by not having to buy a backup for James Tavernier because the club has developed him to the level where he can be trusted to deputise for the skipper.

They don’t all have to be Barry Ferguson or Allan McGregor, the odd Bob Malcolm or Stephen Hughes will do just fine.

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