Rangers target Scott Wright has been lauded by former manager Jim McIntyre, who has disclosed the player’s preferred position [Daily Record].
Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes confirmed on Tuesday that the Gers had made an approach for Wright, who is out of contract at the end of the season [BBC Sport].
Steven Gerrard was initially said to be eyeing up a pre-contract agreement, but the Dons are reportedly willing to let their player move to Ibrox this month if a favourable deal is offered [Daily Record].
McIntyre managed Wright during his time on loan at Dundee in 2019 and has spoken highly of both his talent and character.
“His attitude and desire were fantastic – that says a lot the way he’s been brought up at Aberdeen,” said the former Dee boss [Daily Record]. “He can play out wide but really likes the no.10 position behind the striker. I played him there and Derek has done that a lot this season. I think that’s where Scott sees himself playing in the future.”
“He can play any of the three positions if you are going from three behind a striker, or he can fill the two wider positions if you are going for a front three. I wouldn’t put him in the centre-forward role but the one in behind, he’s very adept at that.
“He could be a good fit for the Rangers system if that’s where he ends up. He’s got really good game knowledge. He’s a clever player who spots passes and you always felt there were more goals in him. That will come.”
Given the system that Gerrard currently plays, it’s unlikely that Wright would be given a central role behind the main striker.
However, the Gers do deploy two no.10s or inside forwards, rather than out-and-out wingers.
With Ryan Kent starting week in week out on the left, Wright would likely be competing with the likes of Ianis Hagi and Kemar Roofe for the right-sided berth if he moved to Ibrox this month.
When fit, he’s been a regular starter for Aberdeen this season but while regarded as influential by McInnes, his returns have been modest, with just two goals and two assists from 13 appearances.
However, he has pace to burn and plenty of trickery – as evidenced by his slick nutmeg on Borna Barisic at Pittodrie on Sunday – so if he improves his end product, he could develop into an excellent player.
It appears that there’s a chance of Rangers snapping up Wright this month without paying a fee, too.