Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes today challenged winger Scott Wright to make an impact in the upcoming season.
McInnes had hoped the recently-ended campaign would have been successful for the 20-year-old.
Wright netted a hat-trick in the final game of the 2016-17 season, a 6-0 win at Partick.
Although he made six starts in 2017-18 he featured just three times off the bench in the second half of the season.
The winger netted an impressive solo goal in the 2-2 friendly draw against St Johnstone in Perth on Sunday.
McInnes wants Wright to grab any opportunity to force his way into the starting line-up.
He said: “I said it last year that we were hoping for a bit more impact (from Wright).
“The bar has been raised at Aberdeen over the last few years in terms of youngsters being able to break through and establish themselves.
“Scott Wright could be one that could do something similar to Scott McKenna.
“But again it is making the most of opportunities and making the most of every day.”
Wright is set to get another chance to impress when the Reds face Cove Rangers on Sunday at the Balmoral Stadium.
Summer signing Stephen Gleeson will not face the Highland League outfit.
The 29-year-old Republic of Ireland international sustained a knee injury against St Johnstone.
Gleeson underwent a scan on Tuesday and the Reds expect to receive the outcome within the next 24 hours.
Another summer signing, Chris Forrester, missed the draw with the Saints with a groin injury but is expected to be in contention to face Cove.
Striker Sam Cosgrove picked up a calf injury against Saints but has returned to training.
Winger Niall McGinn (thigh), defender Mikey Devlin (groin) and Frank Ross (groin) have also been carrying injuries this week.
McInnes said: “Scott Wright has been bright with his work since he came for pre-season.
“I really enjoyed watching him against St Johnstone.
“He got the balance right in that game.
“Scott shouldn’t feel the need to try to do something every time he gets the ball.
“There were enough big moments from him in the game that really influenced our attacking play.
“Scott could be really pleased with that and hopefully he uses that to kick on.”
Cove Rangers is the second last friendly before facing Burnley in the Europa League second qualifying round first leg on July 26.
The Reds’ final friendly is against West Brom, recently relegated to the Championship, on Friday July 20 at Pittodrie.
McInnes said: “The acid test for every one of us is when the season starts properly.”
Polish centre-back Krystian Nowak is set to feature against Cove Rangers as a trialist.
The 24-year-old is a free agent as his contract with Greek side Panionios was cancelled this summer.
Nowak has been training with the Dons this week.
He spent 18 months at Hearts but left for Greece this January.