Alan Hutton has revealed why he was not tempted to finish his career with Rangers.
The former Scotland international is a lifelong Gers fan, and began his career at Ibrox before making a move to England and playing for Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa, amongst others.
The 35-year-old announced his retirement from the professional game on Wednesday during an interview with Jim White on talkSPORT, having been without a club since the end of last season.
And during that conversation, he lifted the lid on why he had decided against a move back to Ibrox.
“A few seasons ago possibly, there was a little bit of talk of it, and it didn’t quite work out,” he said live on air.
“I think now, with Rangers, there’s a few ex-players back there, and I think if you take too many, it doesn’t really look as if you’re looking to the future, if you know what I mean.
“It was a boyhood dream, growing up, playing for them – I had some amazing moments with them.
“Would it have been good going back? I’m not sure, maybe, but it didn’t quite work out.”
Would Hutton have done well at Rangers?
There’s every chance he would have.
The 35-year-old has had a fantastic career in England, and as we’ve seen with the likes of Steven Davis and Jermain Defoe in recent times, the right move at the right time can really reignite a veteran player’s twilight years in the professional game.
That being said, his reasoning for not going back is spoken like a true fan.
It’s clear that more than anything else, the wellbeing of the club is what matters to Hutton, and he makes a very salient point to that end.
Yes, he probably could have done a decent job for a while, but it would have looked a bit regressive on the part of the board, especially when there a exciting talents like Nathan Patterson waiting in the wings.
A noble decision from a top professional.
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