Hutton 'excited' as Rangers line up big-money bid for 'excellent' Ryan Jack-type star

Alan Hutton has claimed Rangers could sign a new Ryan Jack in the shape of Aberdeen’s Lewis Ferguson.

The former Ibrox star, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the Dons star has the “bite” and “aggressiveness” Steven Gerrard wants in midfield.

As revealed by Football Insider, Rangers are plotting a multi-million-pound bid for the 21-year-old after long-standing interest.

Aberdeen confirmed last week they had rejected a transfer request from Ferguson after turning down an “insulting” offer from the Premier League.

The Scotland under-21 international is contracted at Pittodrie until 2024.

Former Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes admitted he always knew the “outstanding” midfielder would eventually move on, while pundit Chris Sutton says he is a big talent but capable of “brainless” tackles.

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Hutton insisted Ferguson was ready to take the next step of his career and suggested he could be another Ryan Jack.

Hutton told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “I think he’s been an excellent player for Aberdeen. He‘s probably got to that stage of his career where he wants to kick on.

“That’s no disrespect to Aberdeen, I think they’ve done fantastic over the years but he’s ready for that step up now. I think he could thrive playing alongside the likes of Steven Davis, Ryan Jack. They are outstanding players that help young boys come through.

“I think it’d be an excellent move for him. I believe that he could add something to that Rangers midfield. He’s got a little bit of bite, a little bit of dig about him, the way Ryan Jack is.

“I think you always need that within your squad, as well as quality. He’d be a welcome addition if they could get it done. I think Gerrard likes that type of player that is technically good but he’s got that aggressiveness about him. It would be one I’d be excited about.”

Ferguson played 41 times for Aberdeen during the 2020/21 campaign, with 10 goals under his belt.

Jack, who also joined Rangers from the Dons back in 2017, made 24 appearances as injuries plagued his season.

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