Rangers are “thought to be an option” for 33-year-old Aston Villa defender Alan Hutton this summer, according to a report, as Villa’s cash crisis looks set to spark an exodus from Villa Park.

Birmingham Live report that the Gers are one of a number of possible destinations for former Scotland international Hutton as his contract ticks down.

The right-back made his first-team breakthrough at Ibrox before leaving to join Spurs in 2008 for £9million and joined Villa three years later.

Villa have been engulfed in a financial crisis that is likely to see many of their top stars leave and chief executive Keith Wyness suspended.

After a tax bill was missed, the Championship were threatened with a winding-up order by HMRC before settling with the taxman but their future still looks bleaks despite staving off the immediate threat of administration.

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Hutton would be a good addition to the Gers squad and provide serious competition for James Tavernier at right-back. The former Scotland defender knows what is needed to be a success at Ibrox and has the medal to prove it. His experience would also be a massive help alongside Allan McGregor as the Gers look to end their seven-year wait for a major trophy. While it might not be a massive thing, having players who have experienced winning the title with the Gers before can help guide the newer members of the squad. With fewer and fewer of them around, Hutton makes a great fit for Steven Gerrard’s squad. Retiring from international duty is something that could be a benefit to the Gers too and allow the veteran to get more rest between games as he nears the end of his career.  Wages could be a stumbling block but his history with the club means a deal could be done cheap. 

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