Alan Hutton has insisted Rangers’ reported pursuit of Norwich City star Kenny McLean is proof of how far they have come.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Gers and Scotland defender has admitted the 28-year-old would be another “high-calibre” player battling it out for a place in the starting XI at Ibrox.

The Scottish Sun report that the unbeaten Gers could launch a move to re-sign their former academy product on either a loan-to-buy or a permanent deal during the winter transfer window.

Rangers currently have no fewer than six players who can play in the middle of the park after the arrival of Bongani Zungu on loan over the summer.

However, Hutton has insisted McLean would be a welcome addition to the squad despite the numerous options already at Gerrard’s disposal.

Asked if Rangers needed another midfielder, Hutton told Football Insider: “He’s probably not had the game time at Norwich he would want so the chance of moving into a big club – we keep saying it, and it’s true, at the moment Rangers and Celtic are in the spotlight, they’re in Europe – it’s a great draw for people.

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It’s going to be a fight, that’s for sure, especially with the formation Steven Gerrard plays, there’s only a certain number of places to fill.

“It is heavily loaded, in my opinion, but if you can add a player of quality who ups the standard then I think it should always be an option.

“I think he gives you that, it’s not a downgrade on anybody, he’s a high-calibre player so I think you always want that within your squad.”

Gerrard can currently call upon Steven Davis, Scott Arfield, Glen Kamara, Joe Aribo, Ryan Jack and Zungu in midfield.

Other than the summer arrival, all five have featured at least 10 times across all competitions this season.

In other Rangers news, Darren Bent has urged the Gers to seal a big-money player deal after Football Insider reveal.