Former Rangers defender Alan Hutton could find himself without a club shortly after reports claimed talks over a new deal with Aston Villa had been halted.
According to the Daily Mirror, talks had been scheduled before the Villans postponed them following their failure to win promotion back to the Premier League.
With James Tavernier the only quality right-back at the club currently, bringing Hutton back to Ibrox would give the former Wigan star some real competition after three years of being the undisputed first-choice.
Hutton is no stranger to the Ibrox giants after breaking through from the Gers Academy and making over 100 appearances before heading south to sign for Tottenham in 2008.
At 33, Hutton was one of Villa’s best performers last season as they came agonisingly close to a return to the top-flight.
After a decade away from Ibrox, Hutton is a much better player than the one who left the Gers for £8million and would give Steven Gerrard two really good options at right-back.
Hutton’s retirement from international football is also something that can work in the Gers’ favour with the veteran getting more time to recover between games as the clock ticks down on his career.
Although a deal for Hutton would likely cost a hefty amount for the Ibrox giants, the lure of coming back and ending his career at the club where it began would surely have a big emotional pull for him.
Gerrard might have other targets lined up to challenge Tavernier for a first-team place but whatever happens, the Light Blues boss needs to bring in someone this summer – and Hutton fits the bill perfectly.
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