Alan Hutton believes Connor Goldson could be the big-name defender exit at Rangers this summer.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Gers defender suggested a big-money bid for Goldson could tempt the Light Blues into selling with so many centre-backs on their books.
Speaking at his pre-match press conference on Tuesday, Gerrard confirmed he was planning on having four senior centre-halves at his disposal next season, with six currently either at Ibrox or out on loan.
Goldson has been an ever-present at the heart of the defence this term, while Filip Helander and Leon Balogun have rotated between themselves for a place next to the Englishman.
Jack Simpson’s deadline-day arrival allowed the out-of-favour George Edmundson to head to Derby County on loan while the injured Nikola Katic, who has been missing since pre-season, is set to spend the rest of the campaign on the sidelines.
With two players seemingly at risk of being offloaded this summer after Gerrard’s comments, Hutton believes it could be one senior star and one fringe figure who make way.
Asked whether he thought there could be a high-profile exit, rather than a backup player leaving, Hutton told Football Insider: “I think possibly both – I mean, Goldson for me is his number one, it’s Goldson and someone else.
“Obviously we know that teams are and have been circling Goldson so whether he’s preparing for the future without him – he would like him to stay, obviously, but if a big offer was to come in and it was worth it, then Rangers are a business at the end of the day. They have to take every bid seriously.
“Six is too many, four is the maximum he would want, that’s perfect so it could be cutting a couple of fringe players or making sure that he’s got enough in the door in case one of his bigger stars go.”
Gerrard told Rangers TV: “We won’t have six centre-halves next year, but in terms of which four we’ll end up with, we’ll just have to wait and see how we move along.
“We’re in a really strong position now because we’ve got four fit and available centre backs.”