KIERAN WRIGHT was Rangers’ hero as the goalkeeper saved a last-gasp St Johnstone penalty to earn the Reserves a point at McDiarmid Park.
The 18-year-old stopper didn’t have much to do across the 90 minutes even though it was a competitive match between the teams in the SPFL Reserve League, Glenn Middleton grabbing the Gers goal just before the break.
With the referee pointing to the spot just two minutes from time at the end of the second half, it looked like Rangers were about to lose all three points undeservedly – but Wright stood firm to dive to his right and block Blair Alston’s strike from 12 yards although he wasn’t taking any credit.
Wright told RangersTV: “It was just a bit of luck I think! I saw the boy coming across the ball quite a lot in the game so I thought he was going to put it across me and he did, luckily.
“I thought the game went well for us. We took a wee while to start but once we started I thought we played nice football even at the back when we came under pressure. And when we got it up the park I thought we did really well.”
One positive aspect of the re-introduction of the Reserve League for the 2018/19 campaign is giving the younger players at Ibrox a chance to train and play alongside first-team players of varying experience and today was no different – with Middleton, Glen Kamara, Matt Polster and Lassana Coulibaly all featuring at least 60 minutes in the match – and Wright reckons that helped his side.
He commented: “It was definitely a good experience playing with several first team players. I thought the first team boys that came down for us were different class, I thought the four of them helped us play better and with St Johnstone also having a lot of first team players out it helped us play better knowing we had to rise to the challenge.
“It’s good to get the point and stay near the top of the table. The boys just need to keep going, and keep going for as many points as we can and stay at the top of the league for as long as possible.”