Ten years after becoming the biggest export in Rangers’ history, could Alan Hutton make an emotional return to Ibrox?
The 33-year-old defender is out of contract this summer and, according to the Mirror, an Aston Villa side in the midst of a financial crisis have put negotiations over a new deal on hold with his hefty wages likely to be beyond the club’s means.
Middlesbrough manager Tony Pulis is allegedly a big fan of the 50-capped Scotland international and is keen to bring him, along with his 15-goal teammate Albert Adomah, to the Riverside this summer.
But the pull of Rangers could prove very strong indeed for a player who was born in Glasgow and joined the club way back in 2000. Hutton made 122 appearances for the Scottish giants before that £9 million move to Tottenham Hotspur in 2008.
Hutton left Spurs for Villa seven years ago and was a regular for the Midland giants last season as they finished fourth in the Championship, losing to Fulham in the play-off final at Wembley.
Rangers have already landed Allan McGregor, Ovie Ejaria and Scott Arfield without spending a penny this summer and Hutton would be another astute and affordable addition.