Glasgow Rangers manager Michael Beale faces an almighty challenge to reclaim the Premiership title this season. The Ibrox side currently trail leaders Celtic by nine points and struggled to maintain any sort of consistency under Giovanni van Bronckhorst.
Despite the Dutchman signing seven new players during the summer transfer window, only Antonio Colak – who has scored 14 goals so far this term – has really settled and Beale has a big challenge getting the best out of some players who spent more time on the bench than on the pitch.
Scott Wright faltered under Van Bronckhorst, featuring just 39 times for the 47-year-old during his year-long spell in charge of the club and he often found himself isolated out on the right wing due to the manager’s negative tactical approach.
The 25-year-old did chip in with ten goal contributions during last season as the Light Blues reached the Europa League final and won the Scottish Cup for the first time in 13 years, and Wright scored the second goal against Hearts in the final.
Journalist Mark McDougall dubbed Wright “impressive” in Rangers’ first league match of the season against Livingston, however since then, he hasn’t really had the chance to secure a settled spot in the starting line-up.
Fighting against summer arrival Rabbi Matondo and Fashion Sakala, his opportunities under the Dutchman this season were limited, and although he has shone glimpses of his talents, against Dundee in the League Cup being a prime example, it hasn’t been enough.
Beale worked with the winger for ten months when he was the first-team coach under Gerrard and will know exactly how to bring the best out of the former Aberdeen dynamo ahead of the second half of the season.
Wright is clearly talented, otherwise, he wouldn’t still be at the club. All he needs now is someone to show plenty of faith in his ability and he will surely thrive again.