Neil McCann was frustrated with Scott Wright after his Dundee United cameo on Sunday but has backed the new Rangers signing to put Ryan Kent under pressure.
Wright is yet to start for the Gers since his deadline-day move from Aberdeen and has been restricted to three substitute appearances, the latest of which saw him take to the field in place of Ianis Hagi as Steven Gerrard’s side steamrollered the visitors 4-1 at Ibrox.
He was only afforded half an hour of action but McCann was frustrated with one decision the 23-year-old made.
Appearing on Rangers TV’s ‘Inside Ibrox’ programme [21/02/22], McCann said: “He actually frustrated me because he went down the side and Defoe made a run, I’m thinking just go and bend it in but he did a little back-heel thing to throw the full-back.
“He didn’t need to because half a yard was there. I’m nitpicking.
“He’s more dynamic than Hagi. The Romanian has a better all-round game in the 10 position because he can see little passes and he’s really strong on both sides.
“Wright brings that speed and dynamism to the game so when you look at Kent, if he’s not performing then he’s a really good substitute to put in there or put pressure on Kent to start the game.”
Gers freshman waiting in the wings
McCann might be right about one thing – Wright looks like the perfect Kent cover for the rest of the season.
According to Wyscout Wright makes 5.39 dribbles in the Premiership this season which ranks him 21st in the division and behind only Kent and Joe Aribo in the Gers ranks.
Aribo is better suited in the middle of midfield or on the right-hand side so it would make less sense to use him as a direct Kent replacement should the 24-year-old be absent for any forthcoming games.
Wright certainly offers the direct running ability that Kent has shown on numerous occasions for Steven Gerrard’s side since his 2018 arrival from Liverpool.
He was only on the pitch for 31 minutes v Dundee United but managed to touch the ball four times in the opposition box which was the same amount as Aribo and Kent who played the full 90.
It’s early days but the signs are promising and Wright should be afforded this half-season to bed in before really kicking on in the next campaign and challenging Kent for a starting berth.