By Adefunmiloye Alani

19th Sep, 2021 | 9:10pm

Derek McInnes: Scott Wright can help Rangers miss Ryan Kent less

Derek McInnes believes Scott Wright could be the answer for Rangers after Ryan Kent picked up a hamstring injury against Lyon on Thursday.

The 24-year-old English winger could be out for a number of weeks after coming off during the second-half of the 2-0 loss to the French side in their Europa League Group opener at Ibrox, and Steven Gerrard has been left sweating over his fitness.

Former Aberdeen boss McInnes reckons the injury blow to Kent could give Wright, 24, a chance to further establish himself as a key player for the Premiership defending champions.

“He has competition but I do think if Kent is going to be missing then Scott is the player who is most similar in that he can go and eliminate people with his speed and trickery,” the BBC pundit said (via Glasgow Live)

“He’s already made a good impression and now he may well get a run at it. He still has competition from Fashion Sakala, Ianis Hagi, Joe Aribo and Kemar Roofe.

“Kent is a mainstay of the team, a source of inspiration not only when Rangers are cruising games but when they need someone to create that special moment that makes the difference.

“To see him pull up against Lyon in midweek was a blow but all managers have to deal with losing players over the course of a season.

“And that’s where I feel Scott Wright could now come in very handy. Rangers don’t play with wingers either. They play with inside forwards and ask the front three to be really narrow out of possession and give them the freedom to go and play from that central area. Scott can really thrive in that role.”


While he has only assisted once across all competitions so far this term, Kent remains crucial to the attacking plans of Rangers, and having to be without his services for a couple of weeks is a huge blow.

Gerrard’s side were held to a 1-1 draw by Motherwell on Sunday, and while Wright started, he was unable to inspire his side to victory.

He was withdrawn after 76 minutes, with Alfredo Morelos taking his place, but he has a chance to further make himself a key player given the similar skillset he shares with the Liverpool academy graduate.

The former Aberdeen ace has started four games this term across all competitions, scoring twice, and the absence of Kent should see him play more.

There is no denying that he has the potential, but he needs to deliver the goods anytime he is given the chance and strive to become more consistent.

Competition for playing chances at Ibrox is tough, and Wright needs to grab the opportunity Kent’s injury will be giving him with both hands.

In other Rangers news, former Bear believes Gerrard sees younger self in player yet to feature for Gers this season.