Exclusive: Former Gers DoF explains why Scott Wright could complete Ibrox move this month
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Exclusive: Ex Rangers DoF Smith explains why Scott Wright could join from Aberdeen this month

Speaking exclusively to Rangers News, Gordon Smith has given his reaction to Rangers’ pre-contract signing of Aberdeen attacker Scott Wright and the club’s interest in Bournemouth duo Nnamdi Ofoborh and Jack Simpson.

The Gers officially announced the capture of Wright on a pre-contract on Monday, with the 23-year-old signing a deal that will kick in in the summer and run until 2024.

Meanwhile, Bournemouth boss Jason Tindall has confirmed that Steven Gerrard recently contacted him regarding 21-year-old midfielder Ofoborh and 24-year-old defender Simpson [Bournemouth Echo], both of whom are out of contract in the summer.

Nnamdi Ofoborh is one of two Bournemouth players Rangers have approached. (Photo by Robin Jones – AFC Bournemouth/AFC Bournemouth via Getty Images)


Smith, who won major honours at Rangers as a player and served as director of football at Ibrox, believes the moves indicate that the club is looking beyond short-term success.

“The thing is that none of the three of them are really regulars in the teams they are currently at,” he said. “So, it’s a case of maybe looking at potential and looking at players who are going to mature and become better. The two Bournemouth lads have played very few games.”

“It’s the same with Wright. He’s not really been an outstanding player consistently for Aberdeen but he is a good player. I think you can see a lot in him, you think he’s going to offer something because he’s definitely an individual player, he’s got a lot of ability and he can score goals as well as creating things.

“The three signings are basically building the squad more or less for the future as much as it is for the current team. I don’t know if any of the three of them would go in and become a regular player in the team. Maybe Wright would have the best chance of doing that. The other two lads are younger and less experienced than what Rangers have at the moment.”

Former Rangers player and director of football Gordon Smith thinks Aberdeen star Scott Wright could do well at Ibrox. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Steven Gerrard said during a press conference on Tuesday that it would be a “bonus” if Rangers were able to bring Wright in ahead of schedule [RangersTV] and Smith thinks the Dons could be willing to do a deal this month.

“It could happen because the relationship between Rangers and Aberdeen is not the best,” he said. “If he’s signed a pre-contract at Rangers, he’s going to get a hard time from the Aberdeen supporters.”

“Fortunately, in one respect, there aren’t any crowds at the games at the moment. If there were crowds at the matches and the young lad had signed a pre-contract with Rangers, can you imagine how the Aberdeen fans would be with him? He’s still got to be up there and he’s got to live with that.

“I’ve seen it happen in the past and it might be a case of Aberdeen saying ‘we’ll take a price now’ because they know he’s going to leave for nothing anyway come the summer.”

Smith also raved about Nathan Patterson and tipped him to become a star at Ibrox after the teenage right-back signed a bumper new contract.

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