The Lowdown: Price tag revealed
The Premiership giants are believed to have made signing a new left-back a priority due to doubts over the future of Borna Barisic, with Ben Jackson the man that they have identified.
The Light Blues are reportedly monitoring the 21-year-old Huddersfield gem and have been told that £1.5m would be enough to seal a deal in the New Year, despite him still having just under two years remaining on his contract with Mark Fotheringham’s side.
The Latest: Hutton’s comments
Asked by Football Insider whether Rangers would view Jackson as more of a signing for the future, Hutton said: “I think at 21 when you are playing at your club and you have got another one that is interested, you want to come and play games.
“You do not want to be seen as the future at 21, it is different if you are 18. When you get to that age you want to be playing as much as possible so you want to fight for that starting left-back role.
“I think that throws questions up about the players that are already there. They have got Yilmaz, Barisic, does that mean somebody has to move on.
“It has been a problem area this season and if that is what they are looking at it is probably someone who is going to compete for the place.“
The Verdict: Barisic replacement?
Barisic isn’t getting any younger at 30, so it’s important for Rangers to start looking at replacements, and Jackson seems an ideal candidate, with a promising future ahead of him.
The Stockport-born talent already has one goal to his name this season and would offer Giovanni van Bronckhorst plenty of versatility, having previously operated across all midfield positions and left and right back, as well as on the left wing (Transfermarkt).
Jackson’s age means that he could also provide a more attacking, athletic option down the flank, something for which is the Glasgow outfit have been crying out, with a relative lack of goal contributions from the full-back positions at Ibrox aside from set-piece specialist James Tavernier.
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