Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes has praised Rangers-bound Scott Wright’s performance in last night’s 0-0 draw with St. Johnstone and insisted the winger is still fully committed to the Dons despite signing a pre-contract with the Light Blues.
Wright was named in the starting XI for the McDiarmid Park clash and was one of the few bright spots for Aberdeen as the struggled to break down the League Cup finalists.
While speculation continues that the Gers may look to bring him to Glasgow this month, McInnes insists Aberdeen shouldn’t “suffer” to benefit other clubs.
“It’s a fine balancing act when a player goes and signs a pre-contract elsewhere, and the first thing you look for is making sure he is still focused and that commitment,” McInnes said [Not The Old Firm]
“That was a fully-committed performance, nobody can say anything other than that. He was full of running, he was bright, he worked back.
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“I have the luxury of getting to see my players Monday to Friday. Nobody plays if they are not fully committed and that will continue to be the case.
“And while he’s our player, why should we weaken ourselves? It’s a struggle to get anybody in now anyway in the last few days of the window.
“So why should Aberdeen suffer if we don’t get an offer for any of the players that suits the club? And the club will decide that.”
Wright’s pre-contract is the first signing of the window for the Light Blues and shows that the planning for next season is already well underway.
The 23-year-old has a huge opportunity to succeed at Ibrox but needs to be on top of his game in the coming months if he wants fans onside before his arrival.
Putting in performances like the one last night will definitely help his cause as Aberdeen fans continue to lose the plot over his exit.
McInnes hasn’t been surprised by the meltdown fromAberdeen fans over Wright’s impending move to Ibrox