How £millions ‘swap’ deal could save Stevie a big headache…

How £millions ‘swap’ deal could save Stevie a big headache…

After Aston Villa released Alan Hutton, an Ibrox Noise survey learned Rangers fans, for the majority, do not want to see the ex-Rangers man back in our colours.

This seemed a little harsh such is his impressive CV, experience and knowledge of the club, but nevertheless the fans didn’t seem keen.

However, it is common knowledge Villa are readying a bid for James Tavernier – whether it materialises is another matter, but should it do so, and be an ‘offer we can’t refuse’, could a £10M profit, for example, on Tavernier, be an acceptable compensation along with Hutton as the replacement?

A pseudo-swap deal, per se, where Rangers sell a prized asset for a significant amount of cash, while getting a perfectly able replacement from the same club who has experience of the highest levels and could help hugely in Europe next season, for instance?

There are questions over his pace and his stamina, given those were two of his prize attributes when younger, and time is never kind to such traits in this sport, but his dribbling was also outstanding as was his skill. He also excelled in the SPL so clearly can handle our division well enough even if the older Alan Hutton may have to adapt a little as the older Steven Davis did.

Our point – James Tavernier, impressive though he overall was last season, remains a slightly divisive figure – his ability is often debated, and his captaincy frequently criticised, for right or for wrong.

Hutton is a popular figure with fans, even those who don’t want him back as a player, and if he did return in this pseudo-swap deal and proved himself on the pitch despite those reservations, his detractors would certainly cut him more slack.

But, we don’t even know if Stevie G is interested in Hutton on any level. But then we didn’t really believe we were getting Allan McGregor back either so anything is possible.

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  1. They can`t include Hutton as part of any deal , they have freed him so he is not their player .I am a big fan of Hutton but I don`t think bringing him now ,at 34 , is the way forward .He would have been decent cover for both full back positions but not to replace Tav .Does not create or score as much although he is good going forward.If Tav goes , and I hope that he doesn`t , we need to spend some of the money on a decent , younger quality replacement .

    • wlg we make it clear this wouldn't be an explicit swap deal because they've released him, but it would be an effective one if we took him anyway to replace the man they intend to sign.

  2. I have always been a fan of Hutton, so must be in the minority.
    If Tav goes, he would be a decent replacement. But it may depend on Barisic. If he goes and we bring in a left back the Flanagan can return to RB. We also have US guy as cover

  3. Jon Flangan may prove a lot of people wrong next year in his preferred right sided slot. If he can kick on and overlap on the right and whip in some crosses instead of constantly looking backwards we may already have the player at Ibrox to take over…

    • Exactly.Haliday on the left.Barisic can defend worth a shot.better further up the park or as far away from Ibrox as possible.Definitly need a marquee signing or 2 if we sell Tav & Morelos for double figures.

  4. Underselling him at 10 million. That other mob said their lb was worth 20 a few seasons back and he's not half the player

    • 12 to 15 for Tav.15 to 20 for Morelos.rebuild the squad.good run in Europe again and onto 55

    • We need a good attacking FB try replacing him with the amount of money allegedly on offer for him, ye couldn't. Boys saying Flanagan, he's a carthorse lol

  5. Funny how a defender that cant defend,splits our support so much,i would bite their hand off for 10m for Tav,never been a Tav fan !!!

    • Funny how some boys some still think he can't defend 😳 modern fullbacks job isn't to defend 1st anyway. Great at attacking and some want rid of him. Beyond belief that is.

  6. I'd expect Flanagan to improve with regular games at RB. We also have Polster who's yet to kick a ball in anger, but should hopefully be decent seeing as he had a lengthy trial before he signed.

  7. I like Hutton and he is a Rangers man but I think the referees up here would have a field day with red cards with him

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