After scoring his first goal for Rangers in the midweek draw with St Johnstone, Scott Wright has shown Steven Gerrard and the Ibrox faithful that, if Ryan Kent departs the club this summer, he can step up as his replacement.
The 23-year-old showed great technique to cut inside his opponent and curl the ball into the bottom corner at McDiarmid Park on Wednesday – it was a finish reminiscent of some of the goals Kent has scored during his time at Ibrox.
The tricky former Liverpool winger joined Rangers on a permanent deal in September 2019 after a loan spell the previous season and has established himself as one of Gerrard’s key players during his time at Ibrox. In 124 appearances, the Englishman has contributed 26 goals and 26 assists, and he has enjoyed his best campaign to date this season with eight goals and seven assists in the Premiership alone.
This has helped him average a superb 7.40 WhoScored rating for his performances, which is the joint second-best of any Rangers player in Gerrard’s squad, which emphasises just how important he has become for the Light Blues.
Unsurprisingly, this has seen him attract a lot of interest from the Premier League, and after failing to bring him to Elland Road last summer, it seems likely that Leeds United will look to sign him again ahead of next season.
However, Wright’s performances since joining from Aberdeen, albeit brief, have suggested that he can be considered a natural heir for the 24-year-old this summer.
The 23-year-old, who reportedly earns £5,600 per week at Rangers, looked dangerous when coming on as a substitute in the Europa League and won his team a penalty with his pace and direct running against Royal Antwerp.
He impressed in the 4-0 Scottish Cup win against Cove Rangers and was handed his first Premiership start under Gerrard in midweek, marking it will an excellent goal in the 1-1 draw against Callum Davidson’s side.
Gerrard was full of praise for the youngster after the game and suggested that he is now “ready to contribute” more next season, so it certainly seems as if Rangers fans will see a lot more of him in the months ahead.
The winger certainly has big boots to fill at Rangers if Kent leaves but, after an impressive start to life at Ibrox, there seems no reason why he can’t go on to become as successful as the former Liverpool man.