By Alan Hutton

14th Jul, 2021 | 7:00am

Hutton gutted as Dickson discipline issues reported after Rangers exit

Alan Hutton was gutted to hear Ciaran Dickson had been released by Rangers for reported disciplinary issues.

The former Gers defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, hoped the midfielder’s surprise exit would be the “kick up the backside” he needs.

As confirmed on June 8th, Dickson was one of 10 academy players released this summer.

However, the 19-year-old had only signed a contract extension in January after training with the first team and making his debut.

The Athletic’s Jordan Campbell has claimed (July 8th) there were questions over the youngster’s discipline that led to his exit.

He was reportedly given a second chance by Steven Gerrard last summer.

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However, the youngster missed training once to break the trust of the manager.

Hutton told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “You never like to see it. The thing I will say is it’s obviously not the first time.

“He’s obviously been given opportunities in the past and let the manager or the side down.

“On the flip side, it may be the kick up the backside he needs to spur him on and say: ‘Right, I need to screw my head on.’

“What an opportunity to throw away. It’s such a shame. A young, talented player throwing it away on discipline reasons.

“It’s nothing to do with footballing ability, it’s time-keeping, keeping yourself in check, doing the right things.

“It’s a mentality thing, which is a real shame.

“You hope he can bounce back from it but this obviously isn’t the first time it’s happened. It’s happened a lot for Rangers to take this stance moving forward.

“It will be disappointing. You just don’t want to see any young footballer fall by the wayside because off ill-discipline.”

In other news, Hutton has revealed Allan McGregor ‘buzzing’ over ‘unbelievable’ from Ibrox.