Rangers new boy Scott Wright has had to cope with “pressure behind the scenes” and deserves credit after finally making his full debut.

That is according to ex-Scottish Premiership forward Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after Wright was named in the starting XI for the 4-0 victory over Cove Rangers in the Scottish Cup on Sunday.

Wright provided the assist for Kemar Roofe’s second goal with a low cross as Steven Gerrard’s side set up a clash with Celtic in the next round.

It was the 23-year-old’s second goal contribution in Rangers colours after an assist against Royal Antwerp in the Europa League in February.

Wright has made 11 substitute appearances since signing from Aberdeen but has been made to wait for his first start.

Whelan lauded him for taking on the challenge with Rangers despite the pressure that inevitably comes with signing for a big club.

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He told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs: “That’s exactly what you’ve got to do. It’s all about taking your chance when you move to a new club.

“There’s always a bit of pressure behind the scenes when you move but you’ve got to handle that. He did very well at Aberdeen but he has had to bide his time so far at Rangers.

“Losing Wright will have hurt Aberdeen. He has shown good ambition in joining Rangers.”

Wright featured 79 times for Aberdeen after graduating from the club’s youth academy in 2014.

He scored two goals and assisted five for the Dons in 2020-21 before making the switch to Ibrox at the midpoint of the season.

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