Former Rangers defender Alan Hutton has spoken to BBC Sport about his search for a new club.
The 34-year-old is currently a free agent, having been released by Aston Villa following their promotion to the Premier League.
He’s had a long club career with Rangers, Tottenham and Villa his three main sides, while he racked up an impressive 50 caps for Scotland before retiring in 2016.
His six years at Ibrox weren’t exactly trophy-laden, but he did help the club win 2004/05 league title and the Gers earned £9 million from his sale in 2008 [The Times].
The player admits he has considered retirement, but now says he’s keen to continue playing for several more seasons, with a return to Scotland a possibility.
Former Rangers defender Hutton looking for final challenge
“People look at you differently when you are over the 30 mark,” Hutton told BBC Sport. “I’ve played 70-plus games in the last two seasons. I’ve been asked to come in and train and said no, I want something solid. I feel I’ve earned the right now to be able to make that choice.”
“There’s been nothing from Scotland, but I’d listen to all offers. If that was to move back home, that would be a possibility.
“I don’t want to look back and think I should have played an extra couple of years. My mind is telling me to stick with, stay fit, and something might come up.”
The transfer window may now be shut, but there’s still time for free agents to secure a new club.
Hutton was linked with a return to Ibrox by Football Insider back in July, but his comments here prove there was no foundation to that claim. No Scottish club have been in contact with him about a move.
Being Glasgow-born, it’s possible that a Rangers return would be ideal for him right now. Yet, it’s hard to see that happening.
This is a player who has been a regular in the Championship for several seasons, so it would be naive to write off his abilities despite his age. Yet, Rangers already have plenty of cover in his position.
James Tavernier is the immovable first-choice right-back, while Jon Flanagan and Matt Polster both provide cover. Young Jordan Houston, currently out on loan at Ayr United, is also one for the future in that slot.
There’s every chance that, after seeing his willingness to return to Scotland, a club could move for Hutton. However, while not completely out of the question, it would constitute a major surprise if Steven Gerrard’s head was turned.