Rangers may already have Kent’s heir in 5 ft 7 gem Gerrard tipped to be a “big player” – opinion

Glasgow Rangers may already have their Ryan Kent heir in former Aberdeen winger Scott Wright amid previous reports linking the 24-year-old with an exit from Ibrox.

After initially signing a pre-contract agreement which would have brought Wright to Ibrox in the summer, Ross Wilson tied up an immediate transfer for the 23-year-old.

Kent, who has six goals and eight assists in 27 Scottish Premiership top-flight appearances this season, still hasn’t signed a new deal at Ibrox and it’s believed a number of clubs across Europe – including Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United – are closely monitoring his situation.

But Steven Gerrard may not have too much to worry about given Wright’s form since the start of the season, having scored twice to help push Aberdeen towards the top half of the table.

Capable of playing on the left, through the middle, or on the right, the former Scotland U21 international scored his first goal of the season to double the advantage against Livingston in August. He followed that up by opening the scoring against Hibernian as Derek McInnes’ side ran out 2-0 winners at Pittodrie.

Wright also played an instrumental part in the Dons’ 3-3 draw with Celtic after he came off the bench to set up Sam Cosgrove’s goal, leading McInnes to heap praise on his former charge.

He said: “When he came on, what a reaction. He (Wright) was terrific.

“I gave him a special mention in the dressing room there because I don’t think we could’ve got the result without him.

“That shows how important he is and he needs to feel that importance.

“Cosgrove led the line well and gave them something to think about.

“All of a sudden we had a real counter attacking threat and speed at the top end of the pitch.”

Gerrard has since named Wright on the bench for the Premiership fixture with St Johnstone and, while he has yet to hand him his first start, has declared that he has every belief he can be a “big player” for the 54-time Scottish champions.

Wright has even been tipped to take over duties on the left wing from Kent should such an opportunity arise, with the Ibrox boss believed to be keen on seeing what he can offer the first team following his strong performances for the Dons.

He has now contributed to seven goals across all competitions this season after scoring seven and supplying eleven assists in 79 games for Aberdeen, and it surely won’t be too long before he adds to his tally again.

By the numbers, his 1.5 attempted dribbles per game in the Scottish Premiership, 1.3 key passes and 76.9% pass accuracy isn’t all too dissimilar from Kent’s himself, via WhoScored.

Should Kent depart Ibrox in the near future, it’s fair to say that Rangers already have a ready-made replacement in the 5 foot 7 Wright eagerly waiting in the wings.

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