Ibrox exclusive: Alan Hutton reacts as attacker agrees terms over Rangers exit

Alan Hutton says it was in Serge Atakayi’s best interests to leave Rangers after struggling to make an impact at Ibrox.

The former Gers defender and lifelong fan of the club, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that the promising winger, who signed back in 2016, failed to take his opportunity in the first team under Steven Gerrard.

Rangers confirmed on Monday that the 20-year-old had agreed terms with Finnish side SJK Seinajoki to join on a permanent deal, subject to international clearance.

After just one senior appearance for the Glasgow giants, Hutton says that Atakayi’s move away is in the best interests of the youngster and his career.

Hutton told Football Insider: “He’s obviously been given opportunities and Gerrard either sees people in the position that are stronger or he’s not for him, basically.

“If you get given an opportunity and you don’t take it, you’re going to be out the team, and sometimes it’s better for a player just to move on and try become a better player elsewhere. 

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“It happens everywhere, it’s one of those where he gives you the opportunity, maybe he doesn’t quite fancy you or somebody that’s in the position that’s doing better. It’s probably best sometimes if you just move on to better your career in the long run.”

The Finnish under-19 international’s only first-team runout for Rangers came in a 7-1 thrashing of Motherwell back in November 2018, the youngster handed a 17-minute cameo from the bench.

In other Rangers news, Hutton was left head over heels for an “under the radar” star in the club’s 2-1 win over Celtic.