By Nick Ware

15th Jan, 2021 | 2:38pm

McInnes makes swap deal remark ahead of Rangers-Wright move

Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes has poked fun at Scott Wright’s potential move to Rangers by claiming he wants Ryan Kent and Alfredo Morelos in return.

Wright is nearing an agreement with Rangers over a pre-contract deal but Gerrard is keen on bringing him to Ibrox in January and may offer the Dons some players to speed up the process [Sky Sports].

Ironically, the 23-year-old made his first start for Aberdeen since November 6 against Rangers last Sunday after a spell on the sidelines through injury, but that could well prove to be his last game for the club.

McInnes was in jovial form in his press conference ahead of his side’s clash with Ross County on Saturday, telling those in attendance which Rangers players he would ask for in return, as reported by Daily Record. He said: “Aye, Kent and Morelos!”

He added: “Listen there has been discussions right across the board about how a good deal would look for Aberdeen & obviously for Rangers.

“Whether it’s players involved or a fee, these are for the board to sort out. We’ll see what that looks like come the end of the window.”

Savvy Gers

It would be a big blow for Aberdeen to lose an important member of their squad but it further emphasises the dominance of Rangers in this league.

21 points clear of second-placed Celtic and 26 clear of the Dons, Gerrard’s side are sweeping all before them in the Scottish Premiership and that includes cherry-picking players from the division.

With Wright’s contract set to expire in June the Gers have seized an opportunity to gain a double boost, first of all to their squad and secondly to their finances.

Wright will offer another option in midfield or out wide but he is unlikely, particularly this season, to offer a substantial threat to any of Rangers’ key men with three goal contributions in 13 Premiership games hardly mind-blowing statistics that will worry the likes of Kent and Morelos.

However, what the club are doing, something they have taken much more interest in recently, is searching for value and looking at the potential of players.

Glen Kamara is an example of a player brought in from a Scottish side for a nominal fee before the expiry of his contract at Dundee.

He has come on leaps and bounds since his cut-price move and is now an integral cog in the Rangers midfield.

Gerrard will hope Wright can make a similar step-up if a deal can be finalised.

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