Steven Naismith says Rangers have been handed a major boost following Alan Hutton's decision to stay at the club.
Hutton snubbed a move to Tottenham Hotspur last Friday after Gers had accepted a bid from the North Londoners.
And Naismith believes the hype surrounding the 23-year-old's quality proves that Scottish football is on the up, while admitting that it would have been all but impossible to replace the right-back.
"I don't think there is anyone better in the SPL who can get up and down from that right-back slot. Alan is amazing," he said in the Daily Record.
"He's doing tremendously well right now and must be one of the first names written on the manager's team sheet.
"It was always going to be down to Alan himself regarding what happened with that bid. Nobody could blame him for turning it down and long may that continue for Rangers.
"It is a boost to know he's staying. If Alan wasn't there it would take a part out of the team that has been massive for us.
"I don't think you could replace him for less than the money spoken about. We are all just glad he's still a Rangers player.
"What happened showed how far Scottish football has come and the amount of good young Scottish players there are around at the moment."