Glasgow Rangers icon Derek Ferguson has given his thoughts on Scott Wright, a player that Ibrox boss Steven Gerrard is close to signing.
The Daily Record reported on Monday 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.
Derek McInnes then confirmed discussions with the Gers had taken place and, on Friday, Gerrard admitted a breakthrough is “extremely close”, albeit more likely in the summer than this month.
“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,” the Light Blues boss is quoted by STV as saying.
While Ferguson has no doubts about Wright’s talent, he holds reservations about whether a move to Ibrox this month will benefit him more than it would if he stayed at Pittodrie until the end of the season.
“He’s a talented boy, 23-years-old. He’s not played a lot of football but I think he’s started this season pretty well,” Ferguson said on Si Ferry’s Open Goal on YouTube.
“It will be a disappointment not just for the manager McInnes but for the Aberdeen fans. He’s been brought through the academy, a lot of time and effort has gone into Scott. You’re just starting to see the benefits of that hard work.
“He looks like he’s going to leave and it could be in this window. I think there’s a wee deal to be done. [Rangers] have got the boy Stewart, who can’t break into the first-team or even the squad. He might end up back at Pittodrie or something might happen with McCrorie.
“But the one thing about Scott Wright is that the talent is there absolutely – there’s no question about that. But he needs to get games under his belt. If he goes to Rangers, will he play? I don’t think so. I think he’ll be a squad player.
“He’s got a big decision to make, the young man. I think the best bet would be to leave him at Aberdeen until the end of the season so he gets more games under his belt, which would be beneficial, and then come to some sort of agreement.”
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.
While a move this month isn’t out of the questions, it seems more likely he’ll stay until the end of the season, and as Ferguson says, it would probably be of most benefit for all parties.
Wright can get more experience under his belt and leave in the knowledge the club can properly source a replacement, Rangers can also plan properly with him in the summer, and obviously the Dons retain a top player until the end of the campaign.