Alan Hutton has warned “teams will be sniffing about” for Connor Goldson if Rangers fail to get a new deal signed before the start of the January transfer window.

The former Gers and Scotland full-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, has lauded the centre-back for his importance and Ibrox and admitted it would be a huge blow to lose him midway through the season.

As revealed by Football Insider on Saturday, Rangers are plotting to get the 27-year-old tied down to a new contract before the turn of the new year in a bid to protect themselves from rival interest.

Goldson’s current deal is set to run until June 2022 and he was a wanted man during the summer transfer window, with the likes of Leeds United, Everton, West Ham and West Brom all interested.

Hutton admits losing the defensive mainstay would be a hammer blow for the Gers and suggested there will be plenty of clubs circling Ibrox in January if a new contract is not signed.

“He’s their number one centre-half, it’s always him and someone else,” Hutton told Football Insider.

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“I think Rangers have done well bringing him up, one that wasn’t playing so much and he got an opportunity to show off his talents. Rangers have stuck by him so I’d like to think if they offered the deal that he found fair, then he would sign it.

“He has been a rock, he’s been a leader as well so I think he is one that Gerrard will be looking for to to tie him down as soon as possible. The last thing you want in a big season is one of your main centre-halves who is playing really well to leave.

“I know that the Premier League is a big draw and people will be looking. He’s still at an age where he’s still got plenty of football in him, so teams will be sniffing about I would have thought. I’d like to think Rangers wouldn’t leave it too long, and they’d get it sorted rather quickly.”

Goldson has played in all 14 of Rangers’ games this season and sat out just twice as he made 52 appearances last term.

In other news, Rangers have held talks with English Championship sensation and a contract has been offered.