COMMENT By Harvey Byrne
Following Mark Warburton’s accepted resignation from Rangers on Friday evening a number of bosses have been linked with the job.
Bookmakers SkyBet currently have former Ibrox manager Alex McLeish as the favourite, priced at 4/7.
Now, Football Insider have identified three possible players who could follow the 58-year-old to Glasgow in the next transfer window if he does take charge.
McLeish handed a young Adam his debut with Rangers back in 2004 after also bringing him to the club in 2003 from Dundee at the age of 17.
The talented midfielder has gone on to forge a good career in England since and even played for Liverpool between 2011 and 2012.
However, at the age of 31 Mark Hughes may be reluctant to give the Scotland international a new contract which is set to expire in 2017.
This means McLeish could attempt to bring him back to Rangers once more on a free deal if he does take control of the club.
McLeish brought Davies to Birmingham in the 2011 winter window from rivals Aston Villa and he will be fully aware of Rangers’ current frailties at the back.
The 31-year-old centre-back is currently performing regularly for Hull in the Premier League and has played 25 times in all competitions this season.
However, if the Tigers are relegated once more he may be tempted to leave in the summer as he will also enter the final year of his contract.
Davies would be a huge upgrade on Clint Hill, Rob Kiernan and Philippe Senderos and a move to the Scottish giants alongside his former boss McLeish may look appealing at this stage in his career.
Each manager supposedly has one or several go to players and Hutton could be just that for McLeish.
The Glasgow-born right-back featured under the boss for four years between 2002 and 2006 before they linked up once more in 2011 at Aston Villa.
Now, Hutton is currently playing semi-regularly for Villa with 20 Championship appearances to his name this season.
However, with both Richie de Laet and James Bree both in the squad Steve Bruce is unlikely to extend Hutton’s contract beyond 2017.
This could then result in the 32-year-old rejoin both McLeish and Rangers and provide the necessary backup for James Tavernier.
In other Rangers transfer news, the Gers board have been made aware of this 42-year-old’s interest in the managerial position.