Ian McCall has heaped praised on Kieran Wright after the Rangers loanee’s heroic League Cup performance for Partick Thistle against Morton.
Wright kept his first Jags clean sheet in a 0-0 draw at Firhill on Saturday afternoon, before pulling off two saves in the resulting shootout to earn his side a bonus point.
The Scotland youth international got down low to his right to keep out James Wallace’s spot-kick, before diving high to his left and palming away Rabin Omar’s effort, as Thistle triumphed 4-2.
After the game, an impressed McCall suggested that the 20-year-old could retain his place even when Jamie Sneddon returns from injury.
“He didn’t get a chance at the start because he was away with Scotland U21s but since he’s come in, he’s been terrific,” he said.
“Sneds, when he gets back in maybe two, three, four weeks time, there’s a job to get back into the team. That’s the way you want it.
“I think loads of goalies make good saves but it was the other stuff he did today – his talking, his use of the ball, his kicking and his positioning. We’re really really pleased with him.”
Another loan player, Blair Spittal, was forced off in the first half of the game due to injury, and McCall expects the winger to be out for a considerable period.
“The injuries are a concern,” he said. “Blair Spittal is on crutches there and he’ll be out for, I’d imagine, four weeks minimum.”