Rangers move for Alan Hutton makes sense if James Tavernier leaves, says Jackie McNamara

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Football Insider pundit Jackie McNamara thinks if Alan Hutton arrives at Rangers this summer, it’ll be to replace James Tavernier, not sit on the bench.

What’s he said?

The outlet previously reported on Wednesday that Rangers were weighing up a move for the 34-year-old full-back, who is available on a free transfer after leaving Aston Villa at the end of last season.

With Nottingham Forest, Wigan and Hull City also said to be in the chase, Hutton is apparently a wanted man.

Former Scotland international McNamara reckons that it makes sense for him to arrive at Ibrox if captain James Tavernier leaves the club, with Hutton unlikely to be happy warming the bench.

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As quoted by Football Insider, the 45-year-old said:

“I’m not sure what position (he’d play).

“They’ve obviously got Tavernier, who was probably their best player last year or one of the best.

“Unless he’s cover for him but I don’t see where he would fit in unless Tavernier was leaving.

“At this stage (of his career) he’ll want to play, is he going to fight it out for Tavernier’s spot? It will be interesting to see with that as well.”

Is Hutton a viable signing?

McNamara is right to suggest there is little room for Hutton at Ibrox if Tavernier is still around.

Matt Polster is already providing direct back-up to the attacking full-back, so the need for another right-back isn’t apparent.

If Tavernier leaves, with Villa said to be weighing up an offer last month, Hutton would surely only be a stop-gap option given his age, but could do a job until Rangers find a player who can excel in the position in the long-term.

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The former Villa man still has the ability to play at a solid level, making 34 appearances last season as Dean Smith’s side won promotion to the English Premier League.

With a playing history at Rangers behind him too, he knows all about the standards required to shine at Ibrox.