Giovanni van Bronckhorst praised Scott Wright for his impact off the bench in Rangers’ 1-0 win over Dundee United [RangersTV].
Wright has found playing time relatively hard to come by since van Bronckhorst’s appointment, only featuring in three of his seven matches in charge prior to the visit of the Terrors on Saturday afternoon.
However, after Rangers struggled to find a way through the visitors during the first half, he was brought on for John Lundstram for the second period.
Wright made an instant impact, taking on and beating defenders with ease and for some time, he looked the most likely man to break the deadlock.
He should have done better in a one-on-one situation, opting to shoot with the outside of his right foot and seeing the effort saved by Trevor Carson.
van Bronckhorst praises Rangers sub’s impact vs Dundee United
The missed opportunity wouldn’t prove to be costly, though, as skipper James Tavernier’s 71st-minute penalty secured all three points for the champions and Wright was praised by his manager after the game.
“You know that when the game is progressing you’re going to get more space, especially when Scott came in on the right to give us more speed and depth on the flanks, I think that showed in the second half,” GvB told RangersTV.
After acknowledging the importance of Joe Aribo, he then added: “Wright did really well also, so I’m really pleased with the guys we can put into the game.”
More chances beckon for Wright?
Wright hasn’t really had an extended run in the team since joining Rangers from Aberdeen in January, with a lack of consistency and end product two major areas of concern.
His manager was clearly pleased with his efforts against Dundee United, though, and perhaps now he’ll be a go-to man off the bench.
At 24, he’s not yet the finished article, but he’ll only reach his full potential at Ibrox if he’s made to feel like an important member of the squad and given responsibility on the pitch.