By Alan Hutton

28th Feb, 2020 | 5:48pm

'Great move' - Exclusive: Hutton reacts after PL star reveals Rangers approach in 2019

Alan Hutton admits that Newcastle United midfielder Sean Longstaff would have been a great signing for Rangers after he revealed an approach in 2019.

The former Gers defender and boyhood fan at Ibrox, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, believes the 22-year-old would have learned a lot playing under Steven Gerrard.

Longstaff revealed to NUFC TV that the Light Blues manager wanted to take the promising talent on loan back in January 2019, the midfielder admitting he had his heart set on the move.

Hutton admits that he is also a little disappointed that a move never transpired, although says it is a good sign the scouting staff are identifying top prospects like Longstaff.

“I think that would have been a great move,” Hutton told Football Insider.

“He’s gone on to show his qualities, he’s done really well for Newcastle, obviously under Steve Bruce now, so I think it would have been a great talent to have on board.

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“With someone like Gerrard at the helm would really nurture him, obviously being a midfielder it would really help him in his career. It’s one of those things, I’m sure over the last couple of transfer windows there’s been a lot of good players who have narrowly missed out.

“It just shows you the level of player and the scouting team that have that they’re picking up on these players. Hopefully, in the future, they can carry on with that.”

Longstaff, who made his first Premier League start in January 2019, has gone on to play 37 times for Newcastle, 29 of those games coming in the English top flight.

In other Rangers news, Alex Bruce has been left raving over an Ibrox star who started on Wednesday.