Alan Hutton was blown away by Scott Wright’s performance on Sunday night as the attacker earned his first start for Rangers in their win over Cove.
The Premiership champions beat the League One side 4-0 at Ibrox in the Scottish Cup third round to set up a mouthwatering Old Firm derby against Celtic in the next stage of the competition.
Jermain Defoe, Nathan Patterson and Kemar Roofe, who scored twice, were on the scoresheet for the Gers as they breezed past Cove but it was full debutant Wright who stood out the most to ex-Bear Hutton.
“He was man of the match, for myself,” said Hutton on BBC Sportscene on Sunday night.
“I think he’s so clever. Just look at where he picks up the ball here in that number 10 position. He plays a lovely one-two and he’s just so aware of what’s around about him. He picks players out, he sees runs and he makes things happen.
“For this being his first start, he looked so confident for the whole time he was on the pitch and he’s really put down a marker to say to Steven Gerrard he’s ready to slot into that starting 11.”
Marvin Bartley added: “He was absolutely fantastic.”
Wright was incredible against Cove but let’s not get too carried away with the former Aberdeen midfielder’s display because, at the end of the day, it was against a team in League One.
Steven Gerrard opted to name a strong starting line-up for the Scottish Cup third-round tie.
Although the Gers manager made plenty of changes, he still managed to name a star-studded 11 that featured Connor Goldson, Filip Helander, Steven Davis, Glen Kamara, Scott Arfield, Roofe, Defoe and Wright.
If Rangers failed to win that then massive, massive questions would have been asked.
However, they did and Wright staked his claim for a spot in Gerrard’s starting line-up for the remaining Premiership matches this season with a great performance.
We’d like to see Wright get a start or two in the league now.
He’s shown what he can do in the cup against lower league teams so let’s see how he can perform against some of the better teams in the top-flight.