Alan Hutton believes Steven Gerrard doesn’t have a player in his Rangers squad capable of putting James Tavernier under pressure for his first-team spot.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Laura O’Leary, the ex-Gers full-back revealed that he agreed with Gerrard’s assessment that no Rangers player is undroppable but questioned who could replace Tavernier in the side.
The 27-year-old right-back has played 18 times across all competitions for the Gers this season but came in for some criticism during the recent 2-1 loss to Young Boys for his display.
Hutton explained Gerrard has a difficult dilemma over Tavernier because if he did want to axe the Gers captain, there was currently no one available to come in who could match the player’s goal and assist tally.
When asked whether anyone is capable of taking Tavernier’s first-team spot, Hutton told Football Insider: “At the moment, probably not.
“I don’t see anyone who is going to come in and run him close for his position due to what he brings going forward.
“So many goals, so many assists, I don’t see anyone taking his position.
“I think Gerrard is right, I don’t see anyone as undroppable as you become too comfortable as a player if that’s the case.
“It’s a difficult one because there’s no one probably there who is actually pushing him on, it is a difficult one as no one is really going to run him close.”
Tavernier has already contributed three goals and eight assists this season and is currently joint-third in the club’s scoring charts with Connor Goldson.
In his 2018/19 campaign, the 27-year-old racked up 17 goals and registered 20 assists across the 57 appearances he made in all competitions.