By Nick Ware

22nd Apr, 2021 | 3:30pm

Shelley Kerr lauds Scott Wright after dazzling display in Rangers v St Johnstone

Shelley Kerr backs Scott Wright to force his way into the Rangers starting XI next season as he suits the Light Blues down to the ground.

Wright, 23, has had a slow start to life at Ibrox since his mid-season switch from Aberdeen.

Wednesday’s 1-1 draw with St Johnstone was just his second start in a Gers shirt but he took his chance with a goal to open the scoring before the Saints pulled it back right at the end.

Speaking on BBC Sportscene [22/04/21] after the match former Scotland Women’s manager Kerr claimed he has the attributes to go far.

When asked if he can be a regular next season for the Gers, Kerr replied: “I think he can. The reason I say that is because when he’s come on in games, he limits the [number] of errors, that’s the first thing and you need to do that when you’re playing at the top level.

“But also his movement is what Rangers are all about. He creates space, not just for himself but for others and he brings others into play as well. I’ve been really impressed with him although he’s not played a lot. It was good to see him start.”

Made of the Wright Rangers stuff

It’s been a tough introduction to life at a big-hitting club for Wright but it was never going to be easy joining mid-way through the season with the Gers in the midst of a heavy fixture schedule that required experienced heads.

He was only given fleeting appearances late on in the Europa League against Royal Antwerp and Slavia Prague as Steven Gerrard’s side crashed out to the latter, while he didn’t fare much better in the league and didn’t make his first start in a Light Blues shirt until a clash with Cove Rangers in the Scottish Cup on April 4.

Wright wasn’t even on the bench for the next two games after that though, including Sunday’s Old Firm, but he has surely staked his claim for a more regular run of games now.

He might fancy himself to usurp Ianis Hagi on the right-hand side of the attack with Ryan Kent a shoo-in on the left, and he has impressed there in the brief opportunities he has had off the bench, noticeably versus Celtic in the Premiership match on March 21.

Gerrard must give him some consistent games now to properly assess his first-team credentials ahead of next season, and as Kerr states, he certainly looks well-suited to the side with some real livewire performances.

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