Alan Hutton has admitted Allan McGregor is starting to wind him up by staying silent over his future at Rangers.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Gers defender and best friend of the Ibrox shot-stopper insisted the Light Blues need the 39-year-old to stay for next season.
The keeper is out of contract this summer but Steven Gerrard has confirmed talks are underway over an extension.
Football Insider understands McGregor has privately indicated he is set to sign the deal and stay for another year.
The veteran keeper has been a mainstay for Gerrard’s men this season, with 37 appearances under his belt.
With Champions League qualifiers and a title defence on the cards, Hutton has urged his fellow countryman to put pen to paper.
“Honestly, he’s starting to wind me up now,” Hutton told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge.
“Every time I speak to him, he’s just not letting anything away. As far as I’m aware of what I see in the papers and stuff, there’s meant to have been talks between the manager and Greegsy.
“We hope that there’s obviously a contract there for him to sign. Whether he’s just waiting until the season’s done and then get it sorted, only he’ll know.
“One thing’s for sure – I keep pushing him for an answer all the time. Don’t worry about that, I’m always on it. I think he will, in my opinion.
“His performances have been outstanding. A goalkeeper at 39 to possibly get player of the year just tells you everything that you need to know. He’s a key part of what Rangers have done this season.
“I think he needs to stay for next season, especially with his experience and how big next season is. I think they need him there.”
In other news, Hutton has warned Gerrard over a weak link emerging at Ibrox.