Exclusive: Rangers 22yo tipped for crunch Gerrard talks as English club go public with swoop

Alan Hutton has urged Rangers midfielder Ross McCrorie to hold talks with manager Steven Gerrard over what the plans are for him at Ibrox.

The former Gers and Scotland full-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, believes the homegrown talent will want to be playing regular football and that he needs to know if he will be offered that in Glasgow.

Portsmouth chairman Mark Catlin has admitted that the League One side are considering a permanent move for the 22-year-old after his impressive loan spell on the south coast.

“The situation definitely remains under review – and I don’t think the current situation affects that. I think all of those lads in common with the team have done really well this year,” he told Portsmouth-based newspaper The News.

Hutton insists moving to England temporarily was a “great” decision from the promising talent and believes talks need to take place over where his future lies.

Hutton told Football Insider: “It’s a difficult one, he obviously wasn’t in the plans up there so he went down on loan which I think was a great idea.

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“Portsmouth are doing well which helps. It just depends on where Gerrard sees him fitting in – does he need him at the moment, does he want to sign him to a long-term deal?

“If it was me personally, I would want to play every week and I would presume he would be the same so you really need to get that conversation out there – am I going to play or am I coming up to be a bit-part player? If so, it’s worth me moving because I need to play.

“I think that’s everybody’s dream when you’re a kid, you don’t want to be sitting on a bench week in, week out for years. It’s a conversation he’ll definitely have to have.” 

McCrorie, a versatile midfielder, has played 55 times for the Light Blues’ first team since breaking through the youth ranks.

He has 22 appearances under his belt for Portsmouth, helping the club sit fourth in the table after 35 games.

In other Rangers news, Hutton claims the Gers are closing in on a “brilliant” transfer deal.