Rangers to sell attacker to Preston North-End for 6-figure fee

Rangers to sell attacker to Preston North-End for 6-figure fee
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: James Tavernier, Scott Wright and Steven Davies celebrate during the Scottish Cup Semi Final match between Celtic FC and Rangers FC at Hampden Park on April 17, 2022 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Rangers winger Scott Wright will join Preston North-End in a £500,000 deal after the Ibrox winger was told his time in Govan was up.

He joins a host of players who are leaving the club this summer, but becomes the first sale, after Rangers gave the green light to the exit ASAP.

Wright was dropped immediately under Michael Beale, in one of the few decisions we do actually agree with by this manager, and we never quite followed why the fringe Aberdeen winger was so highly thought of by either Steven Gerrard or indeed Giovanni van Bronckhorst.

His record for the club was truly abysmal – for those supporters who believed him a better choice than Ryan Kent, his numbers were rather eye-opening. 8 goals, 7 assists in 83 appearances, which at this level is not what Rangers need. Admittedly Kent’s weren’t sensationally better either, 33 goals, 57 assists in almost three times the appearances.

Many will fondly remember Wright for the Scottish Cup final goal, and for his endeavour and heart, but ultimately he was a bizarre signing who fell miles short of Rangers level, and barely even managed as a squad player.

He is a midtable-level Scottish Premiership player, a guy who shone in one match against us at Pittodrie, and was signed by Steven Gerrard on that basis. He was one Michael Beale did not agree with, and the current boss ruthless ditched him immediately, barely touching him as a Rangers player.

In truth, Wright had heart, but his level was so wildly below Rangers standards that considering him as a starter was really off-base – think Kirk Broadfoot, but miles, miles worse.

No, for us to get £500K back for him is an outstanding achievement, and for the player himself getting a midtable Championship side is an incredible move, and we do wish him well.

But a winner and a Rangers-level player he isn’t, even if he does have a Scottish Cup to show for his time at Ibrox.

We don’t mean to be too brutal here, but this is a guy deemed not good enough for Aberdeen until the season we signed him – 2 goals 2 assists in the 17 appearances he made. And yet we picked him up, hoping we’d found a gem because he had a good one against us?

Sadly he didn’t make the step up Steven Gerrard probably hoped for, and he moves on with our best wishes.

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