Rangers must re-sign 50-times international reportedly available for nothing in summer


Rangers face the likelihood of another overhaul in the summer and director of football Mark Allen could be a very busy man.

The form of James Tavernier is bound to attract attention from south of the border and the Daily Mail had reported pre-January that the right-back was wanted by Sunderland.

That means that Rangers may be in need of a new full-back, and even if Tavernier does not go, it should be an area that Allen looks to improve with the ever-unreliable Lee Hodson his back-up option.

In that case, the Light Blues must look to re-sign Alan Hutton in the summer transfer window after his Aston Villa contract expires.

The Birmingham Mail has reported that the 33-year-old ex-Gers defender will leave Villa Park when the campaign ends as he will not be earning himself a new deal.

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Although Hutton is past his best, for one or two seasons, he could make a massive impact in the Rangers squad for the price of absolutely nothing, adding depth if Tavernier stays and providing a reliable first-team right-back if he goes.

Hutton has been capped 50 times by Scotland and has been a mainstay of the Villa squad in the Championship until being axed by Steve Bruce earlier this month.

Villa fans are slightly bemused that Hutton will not be offered another year at the club, which suggests that he would be a welcome addition to move back to Ibrox after leaving for Tottenham in 2008 in a deal worth £9million.

Allen has set about adding to the home-grown feel of the Gers squad, and getting in Hutton would be a great way to continue that trend.

In other Rangers news, fans want this senior man out of Ibrox after a major development at an English club.

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