Glasgow Rangers winger Scott Wright is settling into life rather nicely at the 54-time Scottish champions, according to ex-Ger Alan Hutton.
On the pitch, Wright made his first-team debut for Rangers in the draw with Hamilton Academical, as he came off the bench in a brief cameo for Steven Gerrard’s side in the second half.
Hutton, who is well connected behind the scenes at Ibrox, believes the former Aberdeen star is very content with his new environment and revealed the new recruit has been impressing his new teammates on the training pitch, suggesting he could play a big part in their efforts to secure the title in the coming weeks.
He said: “Obviously it takes time to settle in, you’re not going to come into a dressing room – especially not at Rangers, with how well they’re playing – and be the focal point. At the moment it’s all about just settling in and just getting to meet them really, adjust to the way they play, as well as how he plays so it’s going to take a bit of time.
“Obviously he’s technically very good, from what I hear everybody says the same thing. Yes, he came on (v Hamilton) but you can’t judge him off that performance – we saw he had some nice touches. I think he definitely suits the way Rangers are trying to play at the moment, it’s like two number 10s in there to get on the ball, pockets of space, turn and make things happen for your striker.
“He more suits that sort of position more than I think Kent does so I think there will be opportunities for him moving forward. Obviously we’ve seen enough from him at Aberdeen to know he’s a good player and what he brings to the party so I’m sure he’ll fit in but it takes a little bit of time.”
The talented left forward made a name for himself at Pittodrie, having scored seven goals and supplied eleven assists in 79 appearances for Derek McInnes’ side.
Wright signed a pre-contract deal with the Premiership leaders in January, but initially continued to play for the Dons, before joining Rangers for an undisclosed fee before the close of play on transfer deadline day.
The most obvious talking point lies on the left wing, as Ryan Kent has been heavily linked with the Ibrox exit, hence their interest in Wright, whilst Hutton reckons he is the perfect fit for the Ibrox system.
This obviously isn’t to say that Wright is as good as Kent, or that one is better than the other, or vice versa. There are clear differences – not least in quality in certain areas – and it’s not a complete comparison. But there are some broad similarities that should bear a mention.
Per WhoScored, Wright has managed 1.5 dribbles per 90 in the Premiership while Kent is currently averaging two per game. However, there isn’t too much to differentiate between the two, as Wright’s success rate of 51% is only a fraction lower than Kent’s of 55%.
Either way, it seems that both players have shown a willingness to bomb up and down the wing to set their side up on the front foot.
Uncertainty over Kent’s future at Ibrox is nothing new, but it seems the new Rangers signing has already started to show signs he could be his long-term replacement.
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