A first-ever Premiership start for Rangers looks to be on the cards for Scott Wright at St Johnstone after he was put forward for press duty on Tuesday.
Wright has been used primarily as a substitute since completing a permanent transfer from Aberdeen on 1st February.
The pacy and versatile attacker has made eight appearances to date but only one of those has come from the start.
Now, two and a half months on from his move, he could finally be set for his first league start.
Speaking during Tuesday’s press conference, assistant manager Gary McAllister asserted that the Gers would go with a strong lineup for both upcoming fixtures against the Saints [Rangers FC Twitter], with an unbeaten Premiership record and Scottish Cup progression at stake.
That doesn’t mean there won’t be any changes, though, and given that Wright was the player put up to field questions from the media, it looks likely that he will come into the side.
🎙️ SW: I want to make an impact on the team when I get my opportunity. We have a good squad and there is so many games at a club like this, you need to use the full squad and everybody has done a good job – you have to grab your chance when it comes.
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) April 20, 2021
There have been times in the past when players put up for press duty haven’t started, but more often than not, a pre-match appearance means that the individual features prominently in the manager’s plans.
It also looks like the perfect opportunity to give the 23-year-old his first league start.
The title has already been secured and, on paper at least, of all the post-split fixtures the Gers have, this is the least difficult.
Wright could come in on the left to give Ryan Kent a rest, or he could slot in on the right, with Joe Aribo dropping back to central midfield.
He’s capable of excelling on either side and he’ll be keen to show what he can do against Premiership opposition.
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