Glasgow Rangers seem to be edging closer to signing Scott Wright, a “terrific” player with a great future ahead of him – and if he plays his cards right, Steven Gerrard could potentially have Scotland’s future No. 10 at Ibrox.
On Monday, the Daily Record reported that, after Rangers’ Scottish Premiership victory at Aberdeen, the league leaders told the Dons they intended to open pre-contract talks with the 23-year-old.
Wright is out of contract at Pittodrie in the summer and is eyeing a contract elsewhere, though it’s believed Aberdeen are also happy to organise a deal in the January window, should Rangers be open to the idea.
“There has been a conversation at boardroom level,” McInnes told reporters – as quoted by the Daily Record – ahead of Aberdeen’s trip to Livingston.
“I spoke to Steven yesterday, he called me to say that they would have an interest in Scott on a pre-contract and wanted to do things properly.
“That is not always the case when it gets to players running out of contract. We appreciate that Rangers came through the front door and did things properly.”
McInnes also said that he’s certain Wright will leave the club after making a first offer of a new contract back in October, and believes there are more suitors than just Rangers.
On Wednesday, the Daily Record published an article in which Jim McIntyre, Wright’s former boss when he was on loan at Dundee, sang his praises.
“I loved working with Scott. His attitude was first class right from day one,” he said. “There’s no doubt he looked like someone who could develop into a really good player.
“His attitude and desire were fantastic. That says a lot the way he’s been brought up at Aberdeen.”
In addition, McIntyre noted how the versatile attacker has done especially well at No. 10, a position the player himself prefers.
“He can play out wide but really likes the No.10 position behind the striker,” he added. “I played him there and Derek has done that a lot this season. I think that’s where Scott sees himself playing in the future.
“He can play any of the three positions if you are going from three behind a striker, or he can fill the two wider positions if you are going for a front three. I wouldn’t put him in the centre-forward role but the one in behind, he’s very adept at that.”
Previously deemed “terrific” by McInnes, Wright is destined for bigger and better things, and looks like he’d suit Gerrard’s Rangers well, so they need to pull out all the stops to make sure his signature is on an Ibrox contract.
Should he thrive at Rangers in the position he’s best at and prefers playing in, there’s no doubt a Scotland call-up won’t be far away – could he become Ibrox AND Hampden’s future No. 10?