Rangers would be “frontrunners” in the race to sign Linfield attacker Charlie Allen ahead of Leeds United, according to Alan Hutton.

The former Gers defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, suggests that the 16-year-old will have grown up supporting the Glasgow giants due to the close connection between the two clubs.

As revealed by Football Insider, the Light Blues have tabled a contract offer to the highly-rated attacking midfielder as they look to beat Leeds United, Tottenham and Manchester City in the race for him.

While the Belfast-based gem has been on trial at the Premier League sides, they are unable to offer him a professional contract until he is 17, while Rangers have been able to agree terms at 16.

Hutton believes that Allen will have an affinity to the Gers and that it will only help boost the club’s hopes of securing his capture.

Hutton told Football Insider: “He’s very young but obviously I know the rules between England and Scotland so Rangers would be frontrunners, if you like.

“They’ve obviously got the connection with Linfield as well so he’s probably grown up supporting Rangers and it would be a massive dream come true for him.

“It looks like one for the future, very young, still only 16 so he’d probably go into the youth setup and trying to push for the first team. It just goes to show what Rangers are looking for. 

“They’re not looking to go down the route of getting a quick fix, try and get up with Celtic by spending lots of money. They’re looking to the future, looking for young prospects who are hungry and willing to work to go and prove themselves.” 

Allen made his debut for Linfield at 15-years-old and has been in and out the side under current manager and former Rangers man David Healy.

English sides will have to wait until his birthday in November before they are able to agree professional terms with him.

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