Hutton: Rangers may have 'next Bellingham' on their hands after manager reveal
Alan Hutton has insisted Rangers youngsters on the fringes of the first-team should go out on loan to a foreign club.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Gers and Scotland defender pointed to the examples of Jude Bellingham and Jadon Sancho as British players who have expanded their horizons and flourished as a result.
Ex-Rangers forward and coach Peter Lovenkrands told BBC Scotland, via GlasgowLive, that young players are too comfortable and do not want to go abroad on loan.
Lovenkrands has recently been named head coach of Danish second division side Fremad Amager.
And Hutton has suggested players in the Ibrox ranks could benefit by joining Lovenkrands.
He told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “I was brought up that way. You didn’t really go out on loan. You either made it at the club you were at or you left.
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“It’s maybe a mentality thing. Of course, they’re at a big club at the moment but it doesn’t mean you’re going to succeed there.
“We’ve seen recently that the guys in England are willing to go into Europe with the likes of Bellingham and Sancho. They can make a name for themselves and come back. One of the Rangers kids can do the same and maybe be the next Bellingham.
“It’s a good pathway to go and learn a different culture, a different league and a different style of play. It makes you a better player.
“It’s a good idea for players to go out on loan and learn to adapt. It’s only going to make you better.
“I like what Peter’s saying and what he thinks. It’s a good opportunity if some of these Rangers youngsters can go out to his first-team and play out in Denmark.
“As a young player, I trained with the first team at 17, got my debut at 18 but didn’t play properly until I was 20. There were a couple of years there where I could have gone out and played against men in a different country and that would have made me better.
“I was stubborn and thought ‘I’ll stay here and train and if I don’t play, I don’t play and we’ll see what happens.
“But if there is a pathway where you can go away and play they can come back and they will be a better player.”