Kilmarnock have received a major boost ahead of their trip to Ibrox to face Rangers after the appointment of Tommy Wright as their new manager on Monday afternoon.
The manager’s post had been vacant at Rugby Park since the departure of Alex Dyer by mutual consent on 30th January, with Killie losing 4-0 and 2-0 since then against Celtic and St Mirren respectively.
With Dyer’s last three matches at the helm also ending in defeat, the Ayrshire club are on a five-game losing streak, which doesn’t bode well for them with a trip to Ibrox – a ground where Rangers have a 100% record in the league this season – looming.
However, the appointment of a new permanent boss is a significant boost for the Premiership strugglers.
“I’m absolutely delighted to be the new Kilmarnock manager,” Wright told Kilmarnockfc.co.uk on Monday. “It’s a great opportunity for me.”
“I had nine years in total at St Johnstone and the time was right for me to leave there but it is the perfect time for me to come back to management. Kilmarnock has had good success in recent years and I’m looking to take it forward and move us up the table.
“This is a really good football club with good people and I was really impressed when speaking to them, which made it an easy decision to take the job.”
Wright had been out of work since leaving his position as St Johnstone manager in May 2020. He has also previously managed Limavady United, Ballymena United and Lisburn Distillery in his native Northern Ireland.
His first game in charge will be a home fixture against Motherwell on Wednesday night before his side travels to Ibrox for a 3pm kick-off on Saturday afternoon.
Rangers will be extra motivated ahead of the game, too, though, following their slip-up at Hamilton on Sunday.
Gers supporters expressed their frustration on social media after the 1-1 draw but one player received big praise for his passionate post-match interview.