Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes has confirmed Rangers are looking to sign wide man Scott Wright – and is resigned to losing him by the summer at the latest.
And McInnes has thanked the Ibrox club for “doing things properly” in the often murky world of football transfers.
The league leaders informed the Dons of their intentions after Sunday’s Premiership clash at Pittodrie, with the 23-year-old’s contract set to expire at the end of the season.
They want to sign Wright on a pre-contract agreement but it’s believed Aberdeen are also happy to organise a deal in the current winter window, should Rangers be open to the idea.
Away boss Steven Gerrard spoke to McInnes following his side’s 2-1 win in the Granite City and his opposing manager revealed talks are also ongoing between club chiefs.
He said: “There has been a conversation at boardroom level.
“I spoke to Steven yesterday, he called me to say that they would have an interest in Scott on a pre-contract and wanted to do things properly.
“That is not always the case when it gets to players running out of contract.
“We appreciate that Rangers came through the front door and did things properly.”
McInnes also revealed he’s certain Wright will leave the club after making a first offer of a new contract back in October.
And he reckons there are more interested clubs than just the league leaders.
He added: “I resigned myself that Scott was leaving anyway. We made our first offer to Scott in the first week in October and we have never had any encouragement from Scott or his agent.
“They never really gave us a chance of a counter offer so I have resigned myself over the last few months that the likelihood is he was leaving at the end of the season and nothing has really changed on that.
“I think there is more than one club interested but nonetheless Rangers have illustrated that they have an interest in Scott and they could do a pre-contract with Scott, really any time.
“We don’t want to lose Scott, he is a key member of the team and has been this season. So we are disappointed we are losing him come the end of the season.
“If we receive a good offer, from Rangers or whoever it is up to the board to weigh that up, to see, like any of our players, if it is an opportunity for Scott to move on before the end of the season.”