Rangers boss should unleash rapid player for first start since Oct vs Lyon
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Rangers boss should unleash rapid player for first start since Oct vs Lyon

Giovanni van Bronckhorst should hand a first start for almost two months to Scott Wright when Rangers take on Lyon on Thursday.

The Gers have already secured the runners-up spot in Group A and therefore, progression to the Europa League preliminary knockout round.

Alfredo Morelos’ brace against Sparta Prague a fortnight ago secured progression for Rangers. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

It’s still important to take this final tie against Peter Bosz’s side seriously, but GvB has already made it clear that opportunities will be given to fringe players [Glasgow Times].

One of those who deserve to come into the side in France is Scott Wright.

He waited patiently for a chance to impress the new manager, going unused in his first three matches in charge before playing the final 25 minutes of Saturday’s 3-0 Premiership win over Dundee.

While there are no goals or assists to show for it, Wright was lively during his relatively brief outing and now surely a lengthier appearance beckons.

Opportunities have been few and far between for Scott Wright at Rangers recently, but he deserves a start against Lyon. (Photo by Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images)

With both Alfredo Morelos and Fashion Sakala one caution away from suspension and therefore likely set to be rested and Ryan Kent failing to make the squad at the weekend, Wright is a logical choice to fill one of the wide berths.

Consistency has been an issue for the 24-year-old so far in his career but he has pace to burn, trickery and an eye for goal and he could give a Lyon defence that have conceded at least twice in three of their last four Ligue 1 matches a tough time.

The former Aberdeen attacker hasn’t made a Rangers starting XI since October, so if he does get the nod, he should be raring to go.

Meanwhile, Rangers players have dominated the latest WhoScored.com Team of the Week.

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