Hutton Exclusive: English clubs will be queuing to sign Rangers midfielder after statement
English clubs will be queueing up to sign Rangers midfielder Andy Halliday on a free transfer this summer.
That is the view of former Gers defender Alan Hutton who, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, claims the uncertainty surrounding the transfer market makes the former Middlesbrough man a valuable commodity.
As revealed in a statement by Rangers last week, Halliday will become a free agent this summer when his contract at Ibrox comes to an end.
#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
Glasgow-born Halliday spent five years playing south of the border but returned to Scotland to join Rangers back in 2015.
With the Coronavirus pandemic set to have a major impact on clubs’ spending ability this summer, Hutton believes a versatile freebie like Halliday will be in high demand.
Asked if a return to England was on the cards for the Rangers man, Hutton told Football Insider: “He’s obviously a good player and I’m sure he’ll look for next move and he’ll want to prove everybody wrong and that they should have kept hold of him.
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“I think with everything that’s going on in football at the moment, the chance of picking up a free, if you like, into your squad and knowing the kind of character that he is and what he’s able to bring into the team, it would be an easy decision for myself.
“He knows the leagues down there well so it’s not like he’s going into something that he doesn’t understand or hasn’t been there before.
“I think lots of clubs in England will be looking at him, knowing he can come in and improve their squads.”
Halliday played 42 times for Middlesbrough and 32 times for Bradford City during his time in England, while he also had loan spells at Walsall and Blackpool.
He is set to leave Rangers with over 150 appearances and 18 goals under his belt.
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