Alan Hutton admits he is disappointed after Jordan Jones was given the green light to leave Rangers this summer.
The former Gers and Scotland full-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, believes the injury picked up by the 25-year-old against Celtic last season has ruined his chances of a future with the club.
As quoted by the Daily Record, Northern Ireland boss Ian Barraclough revealed that Jones has been told by Gerrard that he will be allowed to leave Ibrox if the opportunity to join a new club comes up before the window closes.
Jones joined Rangers last summer but has played just 15 times across all competitions to date.
Hutton insists he thought the winger had the talent to become a success in Glasgow but that he has fallen too far down the pecking order to recover.
Hutton told Football Insider: “It’s been disappointing overall if we do look at it. It’s his boyhood club, I always thought he did have the ability to play on that stage, I just think he got a little bit over-excited in the Celtic game and it did him more harm than good.
“I can see what he was trying to do, it’s not worked out and it’s hampered him from there. I do believe there’s a really good player in there, the problem with him there are players in front of him that are playing well and it’s going to be difficult to move them out the team.
“To play international football, you really need to be playing at club level consistently at a good level so I can totally see why the manager wants him to try and get him a move, he’s one of their better players, they need him playing and he wants him for the international scene.
“I understand why that chat’s taken place.”
Barraclough was quoted by the Daily Record as saying: “He is talented but at this moment in time Rangers is a competitive squad and Steven Gerrard has spoken to him and said he can find a new club if that comes up.
“Hopefully that can be sorted pretty soon and hopefully he can get settled into a new club, new surroundings and then he can go and perform for us like we think he can.”
In other Rangers news, Hutton has been left gobsmacked by an “unbelievable” Gers star.