Exclusive: Alan Hutton suggests Rangers mainstay set for axe v Porto

Alan Hutton suggests that Rangers boss Steven Gerrard will bring Ryan Kent into the starting XI for Sheyi Ojo in their Europa League clash against Porto.

The former Gers defender and lifelong fan of the club, speaking in an exclusive interview with Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that Kent’s appearance as a substitute against Hearts suggests he is fit enough to start for the Light Blues.

Kent, who return to Ibrox on a permanent deal from Liverpool over the summer, has played just twice this season due to a hamstring injury suffered on his first game back.

Having seen Kent replace Ojo just after the hour mark in Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Hearts, Hutton suggests that the 22-year-old is set to take his place in the starting XI for Thursday’s game against the Portuguese heavyweights.

Hutton told Football Insider: “There’s possibilities to change but it depends really on how the squad is.

“I think that you look at Kent, for instance, he played 30 minutes (v Hearts). If he’s available, he’ll start. I think he’ll want players like that. He’s probably the big one for me, I’d probably change him for Ojo.”

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While Kent has been left watching from the sidelines, Ojo has managed to feature 17 times across all competitions for the Light Blues, including starting six Premiership games for Gerrard.

He has followed in the footsteps of Kent, joining Rangers on a loan spell from Liverpool for the 2019//20 season.

In other Rangers news, Hutton claims that “fans will be buzzing” over Steven Gerrard’s admission about a “special” talent at Ibrox.