Rangers boss Michael Beale has confirmed that the Ibrox club ‘accepted an offer’ for Scott Wright with a transfer to Turkish Super Lig team Pendikspor apparently in doubt.
The former Aberdeen winger was seen in first-team training ahead of Rangers’ 3-1 pre-season friendly loss to Olympiakos on Wednesday night, which surprised many.
Scott Wright, after all, was expected to have been leaving the club; Pendikspor agreeing a £500,000 deal a week earlier (Scottish Sun).
So, the question on everyone’s minds; Is Wright’s exit still happening? And, if that move to Pendikspor collapses, is there still a role for him in Beale’s plans?
“There have been enquiries about three or four players,” Beale told Rangers Review after that Olympiakos defeat.
“Scott went out to Turkey last week as everyone knows. I think he was caught at the airport! You can’t go anywhere these days without the cameras, and he was caught.
“We accepted the bid. He went over to meet the team and meet the coach, and negotiations are on in the background. There is no point in risking Scott in these (friendly) fixtures while that is up in the air.”
Wright started only five Scottish Premiership games in 2022/23. Game time should be even harder to come by next term, after Beale brought in further reinforcements in the attacking midfield and forward positions; Abdallah Sima and Kieran Dowell expected to be joined at Ibrox by LAFC ace Jose Cifuentes.
But while discussions are still very much ongoing, as Beale himself indicated, Wright now appears to be weighing up the pros and cons of a switch that would take him over 2,000 miles east.
“(A move to Turkey) gives me a chance to go and play a bit more regular football,” Wright said recently.
“I’ve had conversations with Michael Beale, and I just want to try and play a bit more. We came to the conclusion that it’s maybe better for me to try and move on. The clubs have agreed a fee and I’ll go out and have a look and see what I think.
“You’ve got to test yourself. It’s an opportunity that excites me, and one I’m looking forward to looking into. There’s plenty options I have to weigh up.
“And it’s a decision I’ll have to make with my family and wife.”