Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes has confirmed that Rangers have made a move for out-of-contract attacker Scott Wright as he praised the Ibrox club’s conduct.
McInnes’ Aberdeen and Gerrard’s Rangers have had a fierce rivalry since the Liverpool legend has been in Scotland but the Dons boss gave credit where it’s due.
First linked to Ibrox by Sky Sports and with the 23-year-old’s contract currently running down at Pittodrie, McInnes confirmed the Gers had an eye on the player’s situation.
“I spoke with Steven yesterday,” said McInnes [BBC Sport].
“He called me to say they would have an interest in Scott on a pre-contract but they wanted to do things properly and that is not always the case when it gets to players running out of contract.
“I’ve resigned myself over the last few months that the likelihood was that Scott was leaving at the end of the season, nothing has really changed on that.
“I am not surprised that he might have other interest.
“I think there is more than just one club interested, but Rangers have illustrated that they have an interest in Scott and they could do a pre-contract with Scott really any time.”
When pressed on the interest McInnes was coy about any transfer deals being done in January but admitted that Aberdeen could do business if the deal was right for them.
Wright is amongst the club’s top performers and should the Dons see him leave they’d surely need to replace the attacker.
“In an ideal situation we don’t want to lose Scott, he is a key member of the team, so we are disappointed we are losing him come the end of the season,” said McInnes.
“If we receive a good offer, it is up to the board to weigh that up from Rangers or whoever to see, like any of our players, if it is an opportunity for Scott to move on before the end of the season.
“I have been preparing for Scott not being here next season, but I am also preparing my team to play against Livingston tomorrow and Scott will be involved in that because he is a good player.
“He is our player and we pay his wages and as long as he continues to do well for me, until the situation changes and someone has agreed something with the club, I am confident we will still get that level of performance from him.”
Reports have suggested that Rangers could make a move for Wright this summer with a few potential options for both sides to work through.
According to one report, Aberdeen are open to the notion of a swap deal as they resign themselves to losing the attacker.