Alan Hutton has put his Rangers allegiance aside to rave over Celtic duo Callum McGregor and Ryan Christie.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the ex-Scotland and Light Blues defender says that the pair have shone in the middle of the park for club and country this season, highlighting how their different qualities bring out the best of one another.

Both Christie and McGregor started Scotland’s 3-1 win over Kazakhstan in midweek and were lining up alongside each other again on Saturday in the Hoops’ Premiership clash with Livingston.

With McGregor sitting deep and Christie playing anywhere across the attacking midfield roles, Hutton says the duo are forming quite the formidable partnership – even if he himself is a Rangers fan.

Hutton told Football Insider: “McGregor and Christie, they can open defences and score goals and it’s just a nice blend.

I think it’s the perfect mix. I’m a massive fan, take the Rangers and Celtic thing out of it, I think they’re top quality players. This is the time to stand up and stake a claim for March (Scotland’s play-off v Israel). Confidence is high.”

Christie, who started on the left-hand side against Livingston on Saturday, was making his 25th appearance of the season for the Hoops, the 24-year-old scoring 12 goals and chipping in with seven assists to date.

McGregor meanwhile has 27 games under his belt across all competitions during the 2019/20 campaign, finding the back of the net on five occasions.

In other Celtic news, Jackie McNamara says the club could splash the cash as they work on signing a Premier League attacker.