Hutton rejects Spurs move

Scottish international decides to stay at Ibrox

By Peter O'Rourke.   Last Updated: 04/01/08 1:48pm

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Hutton: Staying put

Hutton: Staying put

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Alan Hutton has decided to pledge his future to Rangers after snubbing a move to Tottenham.

Tottenham had a bid in the region of £8million accepted by Rangers for the full-back on Thursday, as Juande Ramos hoped to make the Scottish international his first signing at the club.

Hutton, who signed a new five-year deal at Ibrox in July, has attracted the interest of a host of clubs after impressing for club and country over the last year.

Spurs had hoped to steal a march on their rivals by lodging a bid for the 23-year-old and getting permission to hold talks with the player over a possible move to White Hart Lane.

However, after deliberating over the move, Hutton has decided to stay at Ibrox.

Gers boss Walter Smith admitted Hutton's decision to stay was a massive boost to the club.

"We received a bid from Tottenham which was reluctantly accepted, but the player himself wants to remain at Rangers," said Smith.

"From a footballing perspective that is good news.

"He has been doing so well for us that we didn't want to lose him.

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"We still have someone who has been one of our best players.

"It's pleasantly surprising in many ways. There are two things in football - the financial situation Scottish clubs find themselves in, and the footballing side.

"From a footballing perspective we don't want to lose Alan Hutton.

"The financial situation is something we need to take into consideration but we are just delighted the player is happy to stay at the moment."

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