By Daniel Feliciano

1st May, 2023 | 8:10am

Chris Sutton reacts to Jack Butland transfer update at Rangers with 'brilliant' Allan McGregor bound to exit

Chris Sutton has reacted to speculation that Rangers want to sign Manchester United goalkeeper Jack Butland to replace Allan McGregor this summer.

The veteran stopper is expected to retire at the end of the campaign, with Michael Beale admitting that he will look to sign a new goalkeeper during the summer transfer window.

Reports suggest that Butland is set to sign on a free transfer once his current contracts with Manchester United and Crystal Palace expire, and speaking on Viaplay 1 (30 April, 12:48) ahead of the Scottish Cup semi-final clash at Hampden Park with Celtic, Sutton admitted McGregor would be a big loss regardless of who came in to replace him.

“He hasn’t played a lot of football has he Jack Butland,” he said.

“I’ve got to say that McGregor has been a big game player for Rangers and a brilliant goalkeeper, and he would be a big miss or a loss.

“But moving forward it’s no secret that Rangers do need to bring in a quality goalkeeper.”

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McGregor is an absolute legend at Ibrox and will go down in history at the club, there is no doubt about that.

But it’s also clear to see that his level is not as high as it once was and the time is right for him to retire and the club to move on from him being the number one.

Butland hasn’t played regularly in recent years but his talent is undeniable, and it could be a very similar situation to the one that saw Celtic sign Joe Hart from the Premier League and kickstarted his career once again.

He’s still relatively young for a goalkeeper and could be our number one for the next decade potentially, and on a free transfer his wages are unlikely to be too high and he won’t hurt our budget for other areas either.

It’s smart business all-round and should be lauded rather than criticised.

In other Rangers news, a major update was shared on Ryan Kent’s future as Kenny Miller shares positive reviews with an interested club.