Miller urges Rangers to agree January deal to sign this midfield pass master
Aberdeen legend Willie Miller has urged his former club and Rangers to agree a deal for midfielder Scott Wright to move to Ibrox this month.
Wright, 23, will be out of contract at the end of the season so the Gers can approach him on a pre-contract with the view to him heading to Glasgow in the summer.
However, Miller believes it’s best for all parties if Wright was to leave Aberdeen as soon as possible and hopes the Dons will either pocket a fee or a swap deal is agreed.
“Scott Wright seems destined to join Rangers and could leave Aberdeen this month or at the end of the season,” Miller wrote on the Aberdeen Evening Express website.
“My opinion is that if the attacker has decided he wants to move on, then it would be better that a deal is done sooner rather than later.
“A player swap deal has been mooted. Rangers could pay a fee or, with the Reds buying Ross McCrorie in the summer, a deal for Wright could be worked into that.
“I would rather the clubs could agree a deal which suits both of them in this window.”
Rangers to get a Wright bargain
When you look at Wright’s stats at Aberdeen this season, they don’t automatically leap off the page.
The 23-year-old attacking midfielder, who can play centrally or out wide, has scored twice and supplied five assists in 17 appearances across all competitions while he’s also been sidelined this season with a hernia.
But when you delve deeper into his passing statistics, you get a better look at the kind of player who Steven Gerrard is trying to sign.
According to Wyscout, Wright has averaged the most deep completions per 90 minutes of Premiership football this season [1.55] if you don’t include players from Rangers and Celtic. Deep completions are passes made into targeted to the zone within 20 meters of the opponent’s goal.
He also ranks 13th overall in the Premiership for key passes per 90 minutes [0.64], which is higher than any other Aberdeen player, and 18th for smart passes per 90 minutes [0.82].
On top of this, Wright has completed 78.7 per cent of all his league passes this season, hit the target with 38.5 per cent of his shots and is successful with 43.4 per cent of his dribbles.
Whether Rangers sign Wright this month or not, they will be getting a good deal for the Dons pass master due to his contract being up at the end of the season.
However, we’d rather that someone as good as him is snapped up as soon as possible so he can help us on our way to title number 55.
You’d imagine that once he’s surrounded by better players at Ibrox, his passing stats will only continue to get better.