'Oh no' - Hutton admits fear for Rangers after latest report on planned Celtic swoop
Given the duopoly that has dominated Scottish football for years now, it would be difficult for either Rangers or Celtic to conduct their business without keeping a close eye on the other club.
The two Glaswegian sides have, for a long time now, been the standard-bearers for the country, and that, combined with their close proximity, has led to a bitter rivalry unparalleled by few others in world football.
And now, with the gap between the two clubs narrower than it has been in several years, it is only natural that they should be keeping even closer tabs on each other – and that includes dealings in the transfer market.
Taking all that into consideration, ex-Ibrox ace Alan Hutton has delivered his verdict on Celtic’s reported interest in Sheffield Wednesday striker Jordan Rhodes, as per the Scottish Sun.
Speaking to Football Insider, he said: “He scores goals wherever he’s been, I’ve played with him with Scotland and stuff and he’s an absolute goalscorer.
“I’m pretty sure he’d do the same were he to come up. It would probably be a great signing for Celtic if they can get a hold of somebody like that.
“It’s one of them as a Rangers fan I’m thinking: ‘Oh no, he’s going to score goals,’ but I think he’d be a good signing for them.”
And it’s no wonder that Hutton is worried.
The 29-year-old may have taken a dip in how prolific he has been in recent times, but there is still a player in there, as proven by his stunning hat trick against Nottingham Forest last weekend.
The Scot hit three goals from five shots, and managed a Whoscored rating of 9.75 in one of the most clinical striking displays you are likely to see this season.
If the Hoops can land him, and if Rhodes can produce that kind of form on the regular, then it could be a very, very worrying development for the blue half of Glasgow.