Steven Gerrard must unleash Scott Wright and hand the attacking midfielder his full Rangers debut against Kilmarnock on Saturday.
Rangers welcome Killie to Ibrox this weekend in a bid to return to form after their disappointing performance in the 1-1 draw at Hamilton last time out.
Gerrard dubbed his side’s display against the Accies as their “worst performance of the season” as they failed to cause many issues for Brian Rice’s defence.
According to stats by Wyscout, the Gers generated a woeful xG of just 0.68 compared to Hamilton’s 1.97 as goalkeeper Allan McGregor made a number of top saves to keep the unbeaten run going in the Premiership.
Rangers also had just two shots on target throughout the match in South Lanarkshire as only four of 10 smart passes were completed.
Wright, 23, should be handed a start against Kilmarnock this weekend not just for us to see the former Aberdeen ace make a full debut, but also because he can improve the quality of those so-called smart passes, which Wyscout defines as “a creative and penetrative pass that attempts to break the opposition’s defensive lines to gain a significant advantage in attack”.
Out of all the players in the Premiership, only 12 have averaged more smart passes per 90 minutes than Wright [0.98] this season. Ianis Hagi [1.87] and Scott Arfield [1.03] are the only Gers players to rank higher than Wright. Joe Aribo [0.93] is down in 17th and just after him in 18th is Steven Davis [0.92].
It is clear that Rangers struggled to break down Hamilton’s defence last weekend so throwing in Wright, for someone like Aribo, would make a lot of sense.
Kilmarnock are in woeful form in the Premiership at the moment and in order to stop a rot setting it, it’s imperative to get back to winning ways as soon as possible.
And we believe Wright’s ability to break defensive lines will come in very handy against Killie.
In other Rangers news, a source close to Sky has explained the Kris Boyd situation.