Alan Hutton has suggested that Rangers midfielder Andy Halliday will turn down a move to a Scottish rival when he leaves Ibrox this summer.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Gers and Scotland full-back believes the 28-year-old would find it “difficult” to play for anyone else but his boyhood club in Scotland.
Rangers have confirmed six senior stars are set to leave when their contracts expire, with the departure of Steven Gerrard favourite Halliday counting as a major surprise.
#RangersFC can confirm that Andy Halliday, Jon Flanagan and Wes Foderingham will depart from Ibrox upon expiry of their permanent contracts.
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) May 19, 2020
A former youth prospect at Rangers, Halliday came through the ranks at Livingston before making a name for himself in England, playing for the likes of Middlesbrough and Bradford City.
Having returned to join the club he supports back in 2015, Hutton believes the versatile midfielder may turn down the chance to continue playing in Scotland due to his loyalty to the Light Blues.
Asked if he could see Halliday moving to another Scottish club, Hutton told Football Insider: “It would be difficult, in my opinion. When I was looking to come back up and the thought of having to play against Rangers is tough, it really plays on your mind.
“He’s obviously been down south for a large part of his career, whether he’ll be willing to move back down, we’ll have to wait and see but I think it would be difficult, he’d find it hard to come up against Rangers.
“It really depends what he’s thinking – I would find it difficult so I’m sure he would also.”
Halliday will leave Rangers having made 152 appearances across all competitions for the club – more than he has made with any other side.
However, he has only played 12 times for Steven Gerrard this season, offering cover for Borna Barisic at left-back.
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