Rangers face a transfer “nightmare” if the new recruitment regulations prevent exciting youngsters from moving to Ibrox, according to Alan Hutton.
The former Gers and Scotland full-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, admits he fears how the prospective laws on overseas signings could impact not only the Light Blues but all sides across Britain.
As revealed by Football Insider, Rangers have reached an agreement in principle with 18-year-old Juan Alegria over a January move, although a deal hangs in the balance due to the impending transfer rule changes for British clubs.
Foreign signings will be subject to a new points-based work permit system, while there are regulations on the number of under-21 signings that can be made from overseas.
The teenager will be forced to wait until the turn of the year to find out if he will be eligible to play in Scotland as he is not a full Colombia international and does not meet the criteria for the required paperwork.
Asked if it was a shame such deals were being put in doubt due to the rule changes, Hutton told Football Insider: “Yeah, of course. Of course it’s going to have an impact, especially for the player themselves.
“I mean, we all know how big a club Rangers are, Celtic as well and even in the English Premier League and if it’s going to kind of scupper some of the deals, it’s a nightmare for both sides.
“It’s something that everybody’s going to have to deal with, not just Rangers, so hopefully there’s around it or something that can help, because we want to see these young players come along and grow and become stars if you want.
“We wouldn’t want something like Brexit getting in the way of someone’s development.”