By Alan Hutton

13th May, 2020 | 5:32pm

Ibrox Exclusive: Senior Rangers man wants to open talks with rivals - Hutton

Alan Hutton believes Rangers reserve coach Peter Lovenkrands would like the opportunity to talk to St Johnstone about taking over as manager.

The former Gers defender and close friend of the Dane, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, has revealed his old teammate’s ambition of making his name in the dugout after establishing himself as a coach at Ibrox.

As revealed by Football Insider, Lovenkrands has been left “flattered” after he was named in the running to replace Tommy Wright at McDiarmid Park.

Lovenkrands, who made over 120 appearances for Rangers, returned to Ibrox in 2017 as a part-time reserve coach before taking on a permanent role a year later.

Hutton, who played alongside the former striker during their time in Glasgow, believes the St Johnstone job would be an exciting opportunity for both coach and club.

Hutton told Football Insider: “I know his heart and desire is everything is on being a coach, he’s worked super hard over the last number of years, especially within Rangers to work up the levels.

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“I think he’s now at a level where Gerrard came through at Liverpool, he’s getting good experience, good knowledge, especially from Gerrard – I think he works with him and some of the first-team players as well so he’s learning off him.

“It’s definitely something he wants to do in the future. He’s obviously got ties with St Johnstone, his brother played there, one of his good friends Peter McDonald, he played there so there’s a few ties there, a few links.

“I’m sure it’ll be something he’ll be interested in and he’d like to speak to them about it moving forward. They’ve always done well, they’ve always been difficult to play against.

“I know Peter’s a very confident guy, he’ll think he can go in there and really implement the way he wants to play. I think it would be a very exciting time for St Johnstone if they were to bring someone like Peter in.”

In other Rangers news, the Light Blues have tabled a contract offer to blow Leeds United out the water for an attacker.