THE first weeks of Scott Wright's Rangers career have allowed him to adjust to the burden of expectation on his shoulders at Ibrox.

And Steven Gerrard reckons his work to bulk up in the gym will allow him to become a heavyweight performer for Rangers in the coming years.

Wright has made four appearances for Gerrard's side since making the move from Aberdeen and has impressed each time he has come off the bench against Hamilton, Kilmarnock, Dundee United and Royal Antwerp.

Now he is fighting for a starting spot as Gerrard and his staff continue to work with him on and off the park to get him fully up to speed with a Rangers side that are closing in on the Premiership title.

Gerrard said: “We can’t take all the credit for Scott Wright and the impact he’s had in the short space of time. We knew we’d got a good player from Aberdeen and his previous coaches and previous club have done a fantastic job on him.

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“We’ve done everything we can to make him settle quicker and there’s a lot of things we’ve put to him in terms of information from a tactical point of view, to try and get him up top speed in terms of how we play and what we expect from him.

“We have also hit him really hard from a physical point of view in terms of fitness, body weight, diet and nutrition.

“He’s put four kilos on in a month while at the same time his body fat hasn’t moved. He’s a project, Scott, and he’s one we’re getting ready for next season.

"But having said that we can still see his talent and we’re getting a contribution from him.

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"We’ve had some injuries at the top end of the pitch and a few people have gone out on loan to get games.

“So he’s contributing really well at the moment and he’s on the verge of getting starts, for sure. I think he’s earned that."

Wright would initially agree a Bosman switch to take him to Ibrox at the end of the season but a deadline day deal saw him make the move in time to play a part in the title race this term.

The 23-year-old still has his best years ahead of him and Gerrard is confident Rangers will reap the rewards of his promise as he continues to improve and impress with the Premiership champions-elect.

Gerrard said: “He’s been a breath of fresh air, he’s a great kid, and he wants to learn, improve and grow. He’s been an absolute dream to have here in the last four or five weeks.

“We’ll only bring people in here who we feel can contribute and to add to what we have already got. But they also have to be able to play in our way with our philosophy.

“You could see from looking at him from afar that he had the talent and ability. The way we play suits his game. And we believe he can contribute a lot moving forward.

“He’s been a real top signing and to get him in early was a big bonus. There are still areas where we feel he can grow and evolve and get better and that’s what we’re trying to do with him.”