No surprise as Alan Hutton tips Rangers to beat Celtic to a signing this Summer

Alan Hutton has a regular slot with Football Insider where he tries to give the impression that the Rangers are gaining ground on Celtic at every opportunity, and this week is no different.

It’s never been clear why players are regularly linked with both Celtic and the Rangers, it’s probably lazy journalism and an easy way to appeal to both sides of the city, or it could just be that their scouts have very similar mindsets.

Either way, Montpellier youngster Thomas Robert has been linked with both sides, and in the latest exclusive with Football Insider, Hutton is giving the impression that his old side might win the race to sign him:

“He obviously looks a good prospect, he’s still very young and it just shows you the scouting system at both Rangers and Celtic, they’re looking far and wide for players.”

“They’ve done really well in recruitment terms and they’ll be looking to keep that up. It looks like they’re going for a certain type of player – young, hungry, wants to prove something or got something to prove to really kick on and help Rangers match up with Celtic.”

“We’re not silly now, we understand, even before this pandemic what was going on. Transfer fees weren’t going to be sky high so Rangers, probably more than Celtic, are looking to unearth these quality youngsters that have come through.”

“It ticks a lot of boxes, they recognise he’s got talent and hopefully makes a bang in the first team.” 

It’s tough to say how much of a coup this would be. His father Laurent is well known from his playing spell with Newcastle United, while Montpellier have a history of developing some top class youngsters over the years.

Despite that, he’s never played a senior game so there’s no way of saying if he’s close to being ready to play for either side.

Clearly Hutton feels his signing would be a big thing and no doubt it will be heralded as a big win if they do manage to sign him, but it’s probably not worth getting worked up about at this stage.


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