Alan Hutton was left seething following reports Rangers youngster Adedire Mebude is set to join Manchester City after turning down a professional contract at Ibrox.
The former Gers defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, said he was ‘disappointed’ after hearing the news.
Football Insider revealed on Monday that the 16-year-old was edging closer to a move to the Etihad Stadium after Mebude accepted City’s offer of a scholarship contract that converts into a professional deal when he turns 17.
Hutton admitted the news was “annoying” however conceded that the lure of the Premier League giants is “massive.”
“It’s annoying because you see it all the time,” Hutton told Football Insider.
“Again I’m speaking as a fan here, it’s disappointing because you want to see the young lads come through and do well.
“Sometimes, the head gets turned when it’s a big move. I don’t think it’s the right move, but the lure of the English Premier League is massive.
“On one side I do understand it, but as a footballer you need to think where your best chance of playing is and I think it’s better staying where they are.
“I do understand why he wants to go to a big side, but he’s so young. I do understand though, it’s one of those things.”
The teenager, who is the younger brother of Gers 19-year-old Dapo Mebude, has risen through the ranks at Ibrox and is a Scotland youth international.
His departure from Glasgow would be a major blow to a club who have seen some stellar talents head south of the border recently.
The most high profile of those is Billy Gilmour, who left Rangers aged 16 to sign for Chelsea and was establishing himself in their first team with some stunning displays.
The best of those came during the Blues’ 2-0 FA Cup victory over eventually Premier League champions Liverpool.
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