Steven Gerrard praises ‘selfless’ Rangers star after Alashkert victory
Rangers boss Steven Gerrard hailed Scott Wright as “selfless” after his positive display last night in Europe.
The Gers beat Armenian champions Alashkert 1-0 at Ibrox, but it was a game that was made extremely difficult when John Lundstram was sent off for them on the stroke of half time.
Alfredo Morelos scored midway through the second half, though, to give Rangers a one-goal advantage in the Europa League qualifying play-off.
The result means that the Scottish champions have a small advantage going into next week’s second leg. However, they showed with 10 men they are the stronger outfit, so should travel to Armenia with confidence of getting the job done against Alashkert.
It was an underwhelming opening 45 minutes from the Gers, but they turned it on in the second period.
Wright, who was a half-time substitute, ran his socks off. The 24-year-old’s energy appeared to make a massive difference and directness with the ball.
His manager was left raving about his work rate after last night’s display.
“I thought he was outstanding. I thought his effort was superhuman. He ran for the team, he didn’t play with any ego, everything we asked him to do he did it and more,” Gerrard said.
“That’s what gets these fans to take to you. I am sure these fans tonight will be ever so proud of Scott Wright because his effort was superhuman. It was tough for him. He was chasing shadows for the sake of the team, he was selfless. But I am so proud of Scott Wright after tonight’s performance.”
Scott Wright definitely in good books of Steven Gerrard
Gerrard was not happy in his post-match press conference as he tried to hold back the anger towards his team’s first half efforts.
Wright has done himself no harm with his impact in the second half to try break into the best XI.
The Scottish wide player has had some decent minutes so far this season and he’s surprised many people with the way he’s worked his way into contention.
His midweek display proved that he’s no flash in the pan.
Wright showed the kind of character that Gerrard loves, so expect him to be rewarded in the coming games.