Not for the first time recently, Scott Wright was Rangers’ brightest spark. At least, until a floodlight blackout plunged their pre-season friendly clash with Sunderland into obscurity, forcing a half-time cancellation.
The former Aberdeen winger went from ‘odd’ to ‘big occasion man’ in the final months of last season. He was terrific against RB Leipzig, arguably Rangers’ best player in the UEFA Europa League decider and, most memorably, the scorer of that magnificent winning goal in the Scottish Cup final win over Hearts at Hampden Park.
And if his performance in those 45 minutes against Sunderland was anything to go by – all the movies, tricks and space driving races – then the 24-year-old certainly picks up where he left off. Maybe Scott has Wright’s stuff after all.
“When Gio took over the team he struggled a bit at first,” said former Ibrox striker Greg Stewart. Daily recording.
“But at the end of the season, he started. As a player, the more appearances you can chain, the more confidence you gain.
“You start to believe you can actually be a Rangers player and a guy the manager can rely on.”
What future for Scott Wright at Rangers?
The nature of Rangers’ transfer business, however, provides more questions than answers about Wright’s future at blue side Glasgow.
Rangers are closing in on signing Rabbi Matondo from Schalke. The Welsh wonderkid has been omitted from the Bundesliga champions’ pre-season plans.2 (sky sports).
The Scottish Premiership runners-up have also made two offers for Angelo Fulgini from Angers. By The Team, the Ivorian “diamond” born in France is instead on his way to Germany. Mainz are closing in on a £6million deal.
Now, while Fulgini and Matondo are hardly peas in a football squad, one thing they have in common is a preference for the right side. Same as Theo Bongonda; Another Rangers target, but one en route to the United Arab Emirates from Belgian giants Genk.
Clearly, Van Bronckhorst, Ross Wilson and co believe the problem created by Joe Aribo’s departure cannot be solved internally. The imminent arrival of Matondo – plus the interest in Fulgini – is proof of this.
Wright is versatile and smart enough to play on both flanks, as he showed time and time again at Aberdeen. But Ryan Kent has the left-wing role nailed under Van Bronckhorst.
And Rangers’ interest in three right-sided strikers – one of whom is expected to be confirmed as an Ibrox player in the coming days – shows just how far Wright still has to go before he can see himself as part of the plans for Van Bronckhorst.
At least he approaches things the Wright way.
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