Alan Hutton has admitted Rangers fans will have to deal with heartbreak as the club prepare to sell some of their top stars to become self-sustainable.
The former Gers defender and lifelong fan at Ibrox, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, has insisted supporters to have faith in the Light Blues’ recruitment despite the possibility of their favourite players leaving in the near future.
Speaking at the club’s AGM last week, managing director Stewart Robertson confirmed Rangers would have to “facilitate an increase in income by trading players” over the next 12 months and that they would have to “start moving one or two players a year”.
Rangers spent transfer fees on the likes of Kemar Roofe, Cedric Itten and Ianis Hagi this summer, while they only managed to recoup money for Greg Docherty and Matt Polster.
With the prospect of big-player exits on the cards at Ibrox, Hutton, who remains the Gers’ most expensive departure, has admitted fans will have to try and cope with the disappointment.
Asked if it was a bitter pill to swallow as a supporter, Hutton told Football Insider: “Exactly. I mean, as a fan, what do you want to see? Your best players on the pitch, playing at high level week in, week out, and then you strengthen that.
“The flip side to that is you are who you are, we know within the Scottish game that there’s not a lot of money and to be self-sustainable you have to trade your players and Rangers have got a lot of big assets.
“A lot of teams will be looking at the players across the whole squad so you do have to see it from the business side of it, that they will have to sell to then improve.
“I think over the course of it, you’ve seen the players that Rangers have obviously brought in, the scouting system has been working.
“I’m pretty sure that they’ll be working hard to unearth the kind of hidden gems and if they do have to sell on some of their prized assets, then they’ll have people willing to come in, work hard and do the same.”