Alan Hutton admits he is raging over the prospect of Rangers losing young midfielder Cole McKinnon to the likes of Everton or Aston Villa this summer.
The former Gers defender and boyhood fan of the club, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, insists he does not want to see “another Billy Gilmour case” where a hot prospect is poached by a Premier League team.
The Scottish Sun report that Everton and Villa are among a number of English sides eyeing the 17-year-old central midfielder and that there may be a bid launched for his capture this summer.
McKinnon moving south would be reminiscent of when Billy Gilmour left Ibrox as a 16-year-old to join Chelsea, with the youngster now on the fringes of the Blues’ senior side.
Hutton admits he is frustrated by English clubs raiding Scotland for the best young talent and fears McKinnon will be unable to resist the lure of a move down south.
Hutton told Football Insider: “It just annoys me, I totally understand it, I get why – he’s only 17-years-old, he’s played with the reserves under Graeme Murty and they see he’s got a big future ahead of him.
“The lure of the Premier League, what can you do? Teams can pick your players out for next to nothing.
“Obviously Rangers think he’s got a big future there, he’s got one year left on his contract so they have let it run down but I think the lure of the Premier League for one so young is difficult.
“It’s another one that looks set to leave and it’s another Billy Gilmour case that is going to be a talent lost.”
McKinnon, a Scotland under-16 international, is yet to play for Rangers’ first-team but has turned out for their under-23s.
Gilmour meanwhile has gone on to play 11 times for Chelsea since his move to Stamford Bridge.
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