Former Glasgow Rangers defender Alan Hutton believes that the club hold one significant advantage in their reported transfer pursuit of Rhian Brewster.
According to Football Insider, the 20-year-old Liverpool striker is a transfer target for Steven Gerrard this summer, and Hutton thinks that the manager’s Anfield past could be the determining factor in the chase for Brewster, who also worked under Gerrard’s assistant Michael Beale at both Liverpool and Chelsea.
The ex-Scotland international told Football Insider: “It’s massive. From a personal point of view from the player, going somewhere where you know the team, as in the backroom staff, gives you a leg up, if you like.
“They know you, they know you inside out, how you can perform, what you’re good at – there’s nothing really to prove in that sense. Obviously you need to prove it on the pitch but they know what you’re capable of.
“It’s easy to settle in then. I think that will be a massive swing for Rangers if they can get him because they know him so well. Gerrard has worked with him before, he’ll know that and he might want to continue that relationship. It’s a good link to have and I think he’d be a great acquisition for them.”
It’s easy to see why Hutton thinks that the allure of Gerrard could entice Brewster to the ‘Gers. The youngster already has a working relationship with the 40-year-old from their shared time in Liverpool’s under-18 setup, while the Ibrox manager has a notable track record of signing players from his former club over the last couple of years.
Since Gerrard took charge of the Light Blues two years ago, he has brought Ryan Kent, Jon Flanagan, Ovie Ejaria and Sheyi Ojo to the club from Liverpool. A clear pathway between the two clubs has emerged since 2018, and it is one upon which Brewster might seize if he is keen on another loan move away from Anfield.
Should Rangers sign Rhian Brewster?
One potential snag to the prospect of bringing him to Ibrox is whether Steve Cooper will want to have him at Swansea again next season. The striker has impressed for the English Championship side since going on loan to the Liberty Stadium in January, netting four times in 11 games, and if they were to renew interest in him, Brewster might want to work under a manager who has gotten a tune out of him.
However, should Gerrard and the Light Blues make a strong enough case, they could indeed win any prospective battle for his signature and prove Hutton right.
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