Aston Villa defender Alan Hutton has signed a new deal with Steve Bruce’s side to extend his stay at Villa Park – and it is an opportunity missed for Rangers to bring him back to Ibrox.

Villa confirmed the agreement on their official Twitter account, with reports claiming he has taken a substantial pay cut to stay with the Villans.

The Gers only have James Tavernier as a senior right-back and bringing Hutton back to Ibrox would have given the Ibrox mainstay some serious competition for the jersey.

Hutton is getting towards the end of his playing career but is still a quality player and was a big part of the Villa side that reached the play-off final last month.

Gers boss Steven Gerrard has already added two central defenders to his squad but really needs some more depth in both full-back positions ahead of the new campaign.

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Hutton’s past at Ibrox – as well as the vast experience he has picked up in England and Spain – would have made him an ideal player to come in and challenge Tavernier for a first-team place.

Gerrard might be happy with the options he has at his disposal in both full-back berths but after seeing how the Gers struggled following Declan John’s injury in the final weeks of the season it’s clear they need new faces in.

Now that Hutton definitely won’t be coming to Ibrox, Gerrard and director of football Mark Allen will hopefully have another target up their sleeves.

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