The Gers have had a week to prepare for this clash after their Premiership match against Aberdeen was postponed over the weekend, following on from their defeat to Ajax last time out.
Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s men were hammered 4-0 by the Dutch side and they will now be hoping to be more competitive in their second match of the group stages.
However, they are up against a Napoli side that swept Liverpool aside with a 4-1 win last week and the Gers may need to be right at it to get anything out of the match.
Whilst the manager may look to make a number of changes from the drubbing in the Netherlands, one player – in particular – who must be jettisoned from the starting XI is winger Scott Wright.
The Scottish attacker put in a nightmare of a performance against Ajax as he struggled badly, alongside most of the team.
As per SofaScore, he lost 100% of his individual duels and failed to make any tackles or interceptions, which shows that he struggled to get near the opposition or provide James Tavernier with defensive support as he was a lightweight out wide.
Journalist Josh Bunting recently claimed that it is “ridiculous” that Wright, and James Sands, are regulars for the club after struggling for game time in 2021/22 and his performances back up how strange the situation is.
The former Aberdeen man, who was once criticised for being “loose” on the ball by Mark Hateley, played nine matches in the Europa League last term and averaged a SofaScore rating of 6.67 – placing him 17th in the Gers squad – as he scored once and assisted one goal.
This shows that he was far from being one of van Bronckhorst’s top performers in Europe last season and, yet, he ended up starting their first group stage match at a higher level on the European stage. He looked like a player who was playing above his station and the statistics reflect that.
Wright is, quite simply, not good enough to be a starter in the Champions League, based on his performances in Europe for Rangers, and that is why he should be dropped from the team for this game to give another player a chance to show what they can do.