By Alan Hutton

11th Mar, 2020 | 11:22am

Ibrox Exclusive: Hutton tips Rangers to open transfer talks for top-flight 25-yr-old

Alan Hutton has backed Rangers to turn striker Florian Kamberi’s loan deal into a permanent move this summer.

The former Gers and Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, admits he raised his eyebrows when Steven Gerrard brought the 25-year-old in from Hibernian until the end of the season.

Kamberi has helped cover for both Jermain Defoe and Alfredo Morelos since his arrival, the former out with injury and the latter missing through suspension.

As revealed exclusively by Football Insider, the Light Blues do not have any option to buy clause in the striker’s loan terms, meaning he is set to return to Hibs this summer.

However, Hutton has tipped his old side to open talks over a transfer, admitting he can now see why the 6ft 2in hitman was brought to Ibrox.

Asked if Rangers would pursue a permanent deal, Hutton told Football Insider: “I think so, I don’t see why not. He’s come in, hit the ground running and done really well.

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“He’s made a difference when he’s come off the bench, you can really see why they brought him in. I did raise my eyebrows as well, like a lot of people, when he came in, I found it a strange one.

“I know with Defoe’s injury and Morelos and stuff, I know why they brought him in but I found it a bit of a strange one. I think he’d be a good addition, you never know with the likes of Morelos what’s going to happen in the summer.

I think that would be a good option for Rangers going forward.” 

Kamberi has played seven times for Rangers so far, with two of those appearances coming among the starting XI.

His one and only goal for the club came in the 2-2 draw with St Johnstone, while he has a total of 18 Premiership strikes under his belt.

In other Rangers news, it can be REVEALED that the club have slashed the asking price of star man as overhaul to begin.