Rangers take on their Old Firm rivals at Ibrox in the Scottish Cup fourth round on Sunday, and Steven Gerrard should consider handing a start to Scott Wright.
Wright has looked very bright in his cameo appearances for Rangers since joining from Aberdeen in February, most notably in the Europa League win against Royal Antwerp, where a late run earned Gerrard’s side a penalty.
He was handed his first start for the club in the win against League One side Cove Rangers in the last round and impressed with his performance, but he failed to appear in last weekend’s win over Hibs at Ibrox.
Wright impressed against the Hoops earlier in the season with Aberdeen as he came off the bench to great effect in their 3-3 draw at Pittodrie. Derek McInnes was full of praise for him after that game, saying: “When he came on, what a reaction. He (Wright) was terrific.
“I gave him a special mention in the dressing room there because I don’t think we could’ve got the result without him. That shows how important he is and he needs to feel that importance.”
The 23-year-old robbed Shane Duffy of the ball for Aberdeen’s late equaliser, and whilst the on-loan Brighton man hasn’t featured since February, Wright will be hoping to cause the Hoops’ defenders similar problems in a Rangers shirt.
Although Wright is arguably yet to start a game as big as this in his career, the Old Firm derby represents the ideal opportunity for Gerrard to test his January signing and see what he is really made of ahead of next season, when hopefully he will be much more of a first team regular at Ibrox.