Alan Hutton has tipped Rangers “slow burner” Jon Flanagan to eventually become the first choice right-back.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Rangers and Scotland defender claimed the 26-year-old is the ideal man to replace James Tavernier when he leaves.
Club captain Tavernier has barely missed a match during his five seasons at the club but has been strongly linked with a move to the Premier League.
Hutton believes it’s inevitable Tavernier will return down south, but believes Flanagan is the man to replace him.
“I just wonder if Tavernier is going to go soon, Flanagan would be an ideal replacement at right-back,” Hutton told Football Insider. “It’s difficult when you’ve got somebody ahead of you that’s doing what he was doing, you’re going to struggle to get in the team.
“There was an opening at left back where he played, it’s not his natural position but he’s done okay when he’s been called upon, it’s
obviously difficult but the time that he has played he’s done okay.”
Flanagan joined Rangers on a two-year contract last summer after his contract at Liverpool had expired.
He had struggled with serious knee problems after making the breakthrough at Anfield, but Hutton is convinced Flanagan still has time on his side to establish himself at Ibrox in his preferred position.
“Sometimes it can be difficult, there can be all sorts of reasons behind it when you’re not getting to the level that you want to,” Hutton added. “He’s another one that was maybe looking for somewhere to call home and settle, Steven Gerrard known him very well from his Liverpool days.
“There’s a chance of him just taking things slow, building on things really slowly and he could be a slow burner, he could really come into it and settle down.”