By Alan Hutton

6th Aug, 2021 | 7:00am

Hutton lauds Rangers scouts as Alegria deal reportedly close after December agreement

Alan Hutton has heralded the Rangers recruitment team ahead of a reported move for FC Honka striker Juan Alegria.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider the former Rangers defender backed the 19-year-old to be another successful young recruit for Steven Gerrard’s squad.

As reported by the Daily Record on Monday (August 2nd), Rangers are at an advanced stage in their move to sign the youngster from the Finnish side.

Football Insider revealed in December the Light Blues had agreed a contract in principle with Alegria.

However, it is said Britain’s exit from the European Union and the change of the transfer window scuppered the move.

With a move seemingly back on the cards, Hutton lauded the scouting team for unearthing another potential star.

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Hutton told Football Insider deputy editor Russell Edge: “Nowadays, you have to be looking far and wide for this talent and so far, so good.

“The backroom staff have got it spot on up until now so there’s no reason not to trust them.

“He’s a young promising striker for the future that’s going to come into Rangers and develop, and become a better player and showcase his talents in a top Rangers team.”

Alegria has scored once in 23 first-team appearances for Honka.

He would follow fellow countryman Alfredo Morelos in making the move from Finland to Glasgow.

Rangers’ scouting team is headed up by Andy Scoulding.

He has worked under Roy Hodgson at Fulham, Liverpool and England, as well as Gary Neville at Valencia.

In other news, Celtic icon Frank McAvennie has slammed Rangers wanting to “fight everyone” amid their latest controversy.