Date: 22nd October 2019 at 6:00pm
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Alan Hutton has been left raving over the developments made behind-the-scenes at Ibrox during Steven Gerrard’s time in charge as Rangers manager.

The former Gers defender and lifelong fan of the club, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that the facilities are hugely improved from when he was a player and that they are not reflected by the old-time exterior of the stadium.

Hutton was joined by a number of former Rangers stars for a charity clash against Gerrard’s former side Liverpool, the Anfield legend turning out for both teams at Ibrox.

The former Aston Villa and Scotland full-back says it was a dream to return to his boyhood club and play in front of the supporters once again, noting how much things had changed for the better behind closed doors.

Hutton told Football Insider: “It was amazing to be back, if I’m honest. It was a really special moment and seeing all the old faces, the staff and the rest of it, it was really good. 

“It’s amazing to be around the place, especially to feel the love as well, the fans were brilliant. I think Steven Gerrard’s come in and he’s changed quite a lot within the stadium.

“It needed a little bit of work and he’s come in and done that. There’s a lot of new areas; medical areas, the gym is new, the eating facilities – they’ve upgraded a lot of it. There are some really good changes and things to help the team move forward.”

Gerrard returned the dugout after the international break to oversee a 1-1 draw with Hearts at Tynecastle, Alfredo Morelos cancelling out Ryotaro Meshino’s early opener.

The Light Blues must now look forward to the daunting task of visiting Portuguese giants Porto on Thursday afternoon in their Europa League tie, the home side on a run of six successive league victories.

In other Rangers news, Football Insider can reveal that a new deal is weeks away for one player who has blown Gerrard away.