Alan Hutton has suggested Filip Helander is too slow to make a move from Rangers to the Premier League.
The former Gers right-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the 27-year-old had been “excellent” in Scotland but admitted he perhaps lacked the legs to compete at the very top.
As revealed by Football Insider, Rangers have placed a £6million-plus asking price on Helander’s head amid interest from England.
Swedish publication Aftonbladet claim the likes of Aston Villa and Leicester City are both keen on Helander after his performances at Ibrox.
The centre-back cost Rangers £3.5million plus add-ons when signed from Bologna in 2019.
He has since played 45 times across all competitions for the Light Blues.
However, Hutton suggested the defender’s lack of pace could see him struggle in the Premier League.
Asked if he thought Helander would succeed in England’s top flight, Hutton told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “That’s an interesting one. What do I think?
“I think he’s a very good player, up in Scotland I thought he’s done excellent.
“In some of the bigger games, yes, his positioning is good but he sometimes lacks a little bit of pace. I think that could always be a problem in the Premier League. The only thing I have in my mind is the pace of the Premier League.
“The level of everything: technical ability, strength of the game, pace of the game, you’re going up a few notches. It’s the one issue. Everything else, absolutely spot on.
“If you look at some of Steven Gerrard’s decisions as to who plays, it’s been Balogun who comes in because he has that extra yard of pace. If anything, that could be the stumbling block for me.”