Derek McInnes says Scott Wright has turned into a vital player in his Aberdeen team.
The winger has impressed on numerous occasions this term and scored on Friday night as the Dons beat Hibs 2-0 at Pittodrie. A goal from Wright and Sam Cosgrove secured an important win.
It moves Aberdeen into third ahead of the international break, the second time they have beaten their closest competitors this term. Wright was key to this victory, taking his tally for the season to two goals and five assists.
A Dons youth product, Wright has had to wait patiently for a consistent run in the team as he battled for places and suffered a terrible knee injury. But now his time has finally come.
McInnes had words of praise for the winger but is now pushing him to increase his goal tally over the season.
“Scott’s always shown flashes of what he can be, but there’s responsibility that comes with that position,” said McInnes. “It’s not a free role behind the striker, there’s work to do in both directions.
“Both him and Ryan Hedges have grown into that this season. They’ve been very good at closing down the opposition from the front and putting pressure on, but they also have to produce goals and assists and they’re doing that.
“That was Scott’s second goal and he’ll be disappointed he hasn’t got six or seven by now but as long as he keeps arriving and getting in good areas, they’ll come. It pleases me no end that he got his goal tonight because that’s part of his job in that position and it can only be good for his confidence.
“He’s become a very important player for us, but he knows he has to keep being that player every week.”