By Jason Jones

22nd Dec, 2019 | 7:08pm

Alan Hutton: Scottish Premiership side have approached senior Rangers man

Kilmarnock have been without a manager since sacking Angelo Alessio earlier this week, but according to former Rangers full-back Alan Hutton, they could have their eye on a senior figure at Ibrox. 

The Scottish Premiership side are currently fifth in the table after having won just once in their last eight matches, and it is understood that they could be plotting a swoop for the Gers’ reserve manager, Peter Lovenkrands.

According to a report from the Scottish Sun, the Dane would be interested in the vacancy at Rugby Park.

And Hutton has confirmed the gossip.

Speaking to Football Insider, he said: “The rumours are true, they did come to him actually and asked if he’d be interested type thing.

“There’s a few candidates, they’ve got a few on the list and his name’s definitely one of them. He’s a brilliant manager, he’s done brilliant things for the young boys so it doesn’t surprise me that he’s getting linked with jobs.

“He’d obviously at some stage like to step out on his own and be a manager and that’s his end game. Kilmarnock are a good team who are doing really well, great club and it would be amazing for him to get a job like that.”

Lovenkrands has been at the helm of the Gers’ second string since last year after initially rejoining his old club as an academy coach in 2017 after hanging up his boots.

Losing him would be a real blow, and his work with the reserves should be commended.

It’s no coincidence that the likes of Nathan Patterson and James Maxwell have both signed new deals over the weekend after playing under his tutelage, and the club are onto a good thing with him overseeing their production line of talent.

The sad reality is though that should Lovenkrands land this job, we can’t expect the club to stand in his way.

Assistants have to make the step up at some point – after all, we ended up with a certain Mr. Gerrard following a similar kind of situation at Liverpool.

It would be a shame, but if it happens, it happens, and nobody is going to resent the Dane for going.

In other news, Ibrox first teamer facing uncertain future keen to remain at ‘massive’ Rangers.