'Massive' - Exclusive: Hutton raves over 'Vitally important' Rangers news
Alan Hutton insists it is “vitally important” for Rangers to tie their top young talents down after seeing Leon King sign a new deal at Ibrox.
The former Gers full-back and boyhood fan of the club, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, claims that such promising players can be the building blocks of the club’s future success.
Rangers officially announced on Friday that the highly-rated 16-year-old had put pen to paper over his first professional contract as a footballer.
📝 #RangersFC are delighted to announce defender Leon King has signed a professional contract with the club.
— Rangers Youth Academy (@RFC_Youth) March 6, 2020
Football Insider exclusively revealed how Steven Gerrard had personally intervened to keep the starlet at Ibrox, with the likes of Tottenham, Liverpool and Manchester United all keen on signing him up.
Hutton insists that keeping top talents on long-term deals is of huge importance for the club, suggesting there are a number of prospective players who could make the grade.
Hutton told Football Insider: “I think there seems to be a good crop coming through, he’s definitely one of the talented boys.
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“I’ve not seen him too much but we’re talking about Steven Gerrard here, he knows a good player when he sees one. He trains with the first-team, he’s in and around them, he’s obviously got a massive future.
“The main thing, as we said, is holding on to these young talents. It’s easy for them to get picked off by some of the bigger clubs down south, we’ve seen it before. It doesn’t even cost that much money.
“It’s vitally important that the talented boys coming through the youth system are kept within because that could be a great building block for Rangers going forward, these youngsters who know the club, are hungry to do well and give their all for the team.”
Gerrard has used a number of youngsters already this season, with the likes of Kai Kennedy and Nathan Patterson getting their chance in the senior side.
In other Rangers news, Hutton has savaged one senior star for going from hero to zero at Ibrox this week.