EXCLUSIVE By Pete O’Rourke
Rangers are weighing up a move to re-sign defender Alan Hutton on a free transfer, Football Insider can reveal.
Hutton, 34, is a free agent after ending his eight-year association with Aston Villa earlier this summer when he was released.
As reported by Football Insider, the likes of Nottingham Forest, Wigan Athletic and Hull City have all shown a strong interest in signing him this summer, but the Scotland international is in no rush to make a decision on his future.
A Rangers source has told Football Insider this has alerted the club’s recruitment team as they regard Hutton as someone who could prove a valuable addition to their squad ahead of the new season.
The right-back, who also often filled in at left-back for Villa, is admired by Steven Gerrard and his availability on a free transfer makes him an attractive proposition to the Scottish giants.
Hutton started his career at Rangers before moving to England to join Tottenham for £9million in 2008 and he was a big fans’ favourite during his time at Ibrox.
Rangers boss Steven Gerrard is in the market for reinforcements at full-back and Hutton would fit the bill as he can play on both flanks.
His vast experience accumulated in the Premier League, Championship and Scottish Premiership, as well as at international level for Scotland, is very attractive to the Light Blues.
He made 151 appearances in the Premier League for Spurs and Villa, as well as 112 in the Championship and 88 during his spell at Rangers.
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