Alan Hutton has hailed the huge influence of Douglas Park at Rangers going back years and revealed the new chairman even used to travel with the team during his own playing days at the club.

The former Gers and Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, claims having someone who knows the ins and outs at Ibrox is vital.

As revealed exclusively by Football Insider, Park is expected to remain as the Light Blues’ chairman on a permanent basis after his interim appointment to succeed Dave King was confirmed on Friday.

Hutton revealed, surprisingly, how influential Park was going back more than 12 years to when he was a Rangers player.

Asked how important it was to have someone who knows the club at the helm, Hutton told Football Insider: “Massively important. I’ve known him for a long, long time.

“When I was at Rangers from the start he was involved. He used to come away with his sons to all the trips, he used to travel with the team. He knows exactly what it’s about.

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“He’s a fan, he’s a Rangers man through and through so he knows how the club’s run. He’s been there a long time, he was part of the takeover and he’s seen the good times and the bad.”

King announced back in November he would be stepping down after five years in charge at Ibrox.

Park, who has been deputy chairman since 2018, was part of the Three Bears group who helped King pull off a takeover back in 2015.

In other Rangers news, the club are set for a U-turn on blockbuster deal for £30,000-a-week ace.