Alan Hutton has urged Rangers to remain ambitious in their transfer plans after a bid for Burnley striker Matej Vydra was revealed.

The former Gers and Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, insists that it is great to see the Light Blues pushing to sign such established players to strengthen the side.

Speaking to the Russian media, Vydra’s agent revealed that Rangers, as well as Aston Villa and a Ukranian side, had tabled offers for the 27-year-old during the January transfer window but that Burnley had turned them down.

While a move to Ibrox failed to transpire, Hutton insists it is still very exciting to see the club making moves to sign top-quality talent with proven pedigree.

Asked how ambitious the Gers were being, Hutton told Football Insider: “Oh definitely, it was massive. I didn’t actually know who I wanted him to go to more – Rangers or Aston Villa.

“Reading it, I was thinking it is good to see a team like Rangers bidding for players of that stature if you like. 

“Going forward, great, hopefully they can keep being linked with players like that over the summer and see where it takes us.”

Vydra has struggled for game time at Burnley, the Czech international with just nine appearances under his belt across all competitions this season, just one coming among the starting XI.

While he has scored just four goals in 43 Premier League games, he is well experienced in the second-tier of English football, with 65 goals in 187 Championship outings.

In other Rangers news, Jackie McNamara says one player has been a “big difference” for the club after a new £4million-plus deal was agreed.