Alan Hutton has urged Rangers to hand Andy Halliday a new contract before he becomes a free agent in the summer.

The former Gers and Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, believes keeping the 28-year-old and his experience around Ibrox would be a sensible move.

The versatile enforcer, who was released by the Light Blues as a 16-year-old before returning at 24, is out of contract at the end of the season.

Speaking ahead of the 2019/20 season, Halliday told the Daily Record: “If I have the same 12 months as I have had in the last 12 months then I am confident I can extend my stay at Rangers.”

Hutton believes the Glasgow-born star deserves to extend his spell at the club, insisting his experience and know-how is invaluable to Steven Gerrard.

Hutton told Football Insider: “Halliday’s out of contract, will they keep him in? He seems to be favoured at left-back with Barisic.

“I would hand him a new deal. I think he knows what it’s all about to play for Rangers. Whenever he’s been called on he’s done a job, whether it be at left-back – it can be difficult for players to be shifted about.

“I think he has, over the period of time, done well when he’s filled in. These are the sort of players that you need.

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“I’ve spoke a million times about players with experience who know how to fight, work hard, knows what the fans want, puts in 100 per cent every time – these are the kind of guys you need in your squad. If it was up to me, I would definitely hand him something.”

Halliday has a total of 152 appearances under his belt for the Gers, although only 12 of those have come this season.

In other Rangers news, the club are set for a U-turn on blockbuster deal for £30,000-a-week ace.