Glasgow Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has admitted that the Ibrox camp is “extremely close” to making a transfer breakthrough for Scott Wright.
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.
The following day, Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes confirmed that Gerrard had been in touch over Wright, and has all-but resigned himself to the fact the player – who is out of contract in the summer – won’t stay at Pittodrie long-term.
And on Friday, Gerrard is quoted by STV as saying that the focus is on next season, but also that work is being done to hasten the move if all parties are happy.
“If it can be done in this window then that would be a bonus and a boost to us. Having said that, we want to be respectful to the opposition and Scott himself,” said Gerrard.
“I need to leave that now to the people above me: the Rangers board and the Aberdeen board will talk. If something can be done then great, if not then the priority is to get it tied up for next season.”
Gerrard also believes the club hierarchy might agree to let Ross McCrorie, who is on loan at Pittodrie and will make a permanent move to the Dons this summer, complete a transfer now.
“Boards talk and the money men will talk,” he said. “I am sure in the conversation they’ll have everything on the table in terms of possibilities to try and get this done in the coming weeks.
“There’s different options. There’s the possibility of maybe one of our players going the other way. There’s the possibility of cash up front.
“I don’t know where the Ross McCrorie deal lies in terms of what needs to be done but I’m sure that’s another possibility.
“But the main thing is to do things properly. If a deal can be done now, great, and if not we will have to be patient but we are extremely close to having it done for the summer.”
Wright, who has come through the ranks at Pittodrie, has been in great form this season, registering five assists and two goals from 16 appearances in all competitions.
This season he has typically operated as a No.10 but he is capable of playing on either side of a three-man strike force too.
Previously deemed “terrific” by McInnes, Wright is destined for bigger and better things, and looks like he’d suit Gerrard’s Rangers well.