Rangers loanee Kieran Wright has been praised by Ian McCall following his heroic display for Partick Thistle in the League Cup at Firhill on Saturday afternoon [Not The Old Firm].
Wright joined Thistle alongside fellow Gers loanee Rhys Breen in August and both players are currently getting a run in the team.
It’s been a disappointing start to life in League One for Thistle, who have only won one of their opening four matches, but there was something to smile about at the weekend when they secured a bonus point against second-tier Morton in the League Cup.
Wright impressed during the match itself, making a number of good saves to ultimately earn his first Jags clean sheet in a 0-0 draw.
He then starred in the resulting penalty shootout, saving low to his right from James Wallace and high to his left from Rabin Omar, as the hosts won 4-2.
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McCall was mightily impressed by the Gers loanee and says he is giving himself a chance of keeping out Jamie Sneddon when he returns from injury.
“He didn’t get a chance at the start because he was away with Scotland U21s but since he’s come in, he’s been terrific,” he said, as quoted by Not The Old Firm.
“Sneds, when he gets back in maybe two, three, four weeks time, there’s a job to get back into the team. That’s the way you want it.
“I think loads of goalies make good saves but it was the other stuff he did today – his talking, his use of the ball, his kicking and his positioning. We’re really really pleased with him.”
Wright is one of a number of talented young Rangers goalkeepers looking to forge a career in the game.
Robby McCrorie is currently out on loan at Livingston, while the likes of Brian Kinnear and Nicky Hogarth are coming through the Academy.
There’s certainly plenty of competition at the club, given that there are also three senior keepers in Allan McGregor, Jon McLaughlin and Andy Firth, so it’s good for Wright to be out elsewhere showing what he can do.
The 20-year-old will be looking to build on his outstanding performance when Thistle take on East Fife at home in the league on Saturday.