Frank McAvennie has insisted there is no doubt Scott Wright is quitting Aberdeen for Rangers – but urged him to stay put until the summer.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Celtic star claimed the Dons forward is better off playing regularly than being on the Ibrox fringes for half a season.

Steven Gerrard has already told Sky Sports Rangers are close to signing the 23-year-old on a pre-contract agreement, and there is a possibility of him joining permanently this month.

The Dons already have Ross McCrorie on a loan-to-buy deal at Pittodrie, and he could be used to smooth an immediate deal.

Asked if he thought Wright would soon be signing for Rangers, McAvennie told Football Insider he is in no doubt.

“I think that might have upset Aberdeen a little bit,” the ex-striker said. “By all accounts they got outplayed by Ross County the other day which was a strange one.

Subscribe to Football Insider TV now

“I wonder whether this transfer situation has upset them, it seems that way.

“Every year McInnes has got to change his team, it is so hard. Wright knows he is joining Rangers, whether it be now or the end of the season. He knows he is moving there.

“He would not get in the team if he does there right now though, so what is the point? ‘Just finish the season at Aberdeen, enjoy it and do what you can’. That would be my advice to the boy.”  

Wright has made 76 appearances for Aberdeen, scoring seven goals and supplying 11 assists.

In other news, Rangers are in line to become Scotland’s richest club amid huge Dermot Desmond reveal.