'Gone off the boil' - Exclusive: Alan Hutton disappointed with 'Brilliant' Rangers ace
Alan Hutton claims that it is going to be difficult for Rangers attacker Greg Stewart to make a mark in the first-team at Ibrox after going “off the boil” since leaving Kilmarnock.
The former Rangers defender and lifelong fan of the Bears, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that the 29-year-old was “brilliant” during his six months at Killie in 2018 but he has not replicated his form since.
Stewart scored eight goals in 16 appearances for the East Ayrshire club between August 2018 and January 2019, netting just twice on loan at Aberdeen during the second half of the campaign.
Having joined Steven Gerrard’s men on a free transfer from Birmingham City this summer, Hutton says that Stewart does not look the same player he was this time last year and that he is going to struggle for game time at Ibrox.
Hutton told Football Insider: “When he went to Kilmarnock, he was brilliant. He done so well, him and (Eamonn) Brophy played up front, played off each other really well and were great together.
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“Ever since then he’s kind of gone off the boil a little. He obviously knew he was signing with Rangers, he’s come in and look, Rangers are a massive club. They’ve got a lot of players and you really have to hit the ground running when you’re there.
“You look at some of the attacking players they’ve got and the way they play, if you’re not on top of your game you won’t play. I think it’s been really difficult for him actually.”
Stewart has 33 goals and 37 assists under his belt in 127 Premiership appearances, leaving Hearts as a youngster to play for Cowdenbeath, Dundee, Aberdeen and Killie, the latter two while on loan from Birmingham City.
He has played seven times for Rangers this season, two of those outings coming among the starting XI.