Hutton's ready to make up for Rangers gap year

KYLE HUTTON has had more than one chance to make a big impression at Rangers.

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Kyle Hutton has been given a one-year contract to prove he can play a part at Rangers
Kyle Hutton has been given a one-year contract to prove he can play a part at Rangers

Now the midfielder is entering last chance saloon as he bids to kick-start his career.

Despite barely featuring for Ally McCoist's side in League One last term - a combination of injury and competition for places limiting him to just a handful of appearances - he will turn out in Light Blue once again next term.

He has put pen to paper on a new one-year deal to keep him at Ibrox for the Championship campaign and give himself another shot at first-team glory.

After suffering ankle ligament damage during the Gers' pre-season schedule 12 months ago, Hutton broke a leg when in action for the Ibrox second string in November.

The end of his contract could have brought the curtain down on his Rangers career this summer but he has been given another chance to show what he can do.

It is an opportunity many expected him not to get and the midfielder is determined to prove his worth after signing up again.

Hutton said: "I am absolutely delighted. Last year was a tough year for me with the two injuries and I was out for most of the season.

"This year is a chance to get back fit, get as fit as I can, and show the gaffer what I can do and earn a place in the squad and the team.

"It was frustrating. At the start of the season, I did my ligaments and that was me out for the first half of the season almost.

"I got myself back in and played and felt as though I was getting my fitness back again and then broke a leg.

"That happens in football. But you do have concerns. All I am concentrating on now is having a good pre-season and coming back as strong as I can.

"I came back at the tail-end of the season and the gaffer put me in for a few games. I knew I had to show the gaffer what I could do. I wasn't fully match-fit but I had to show him.

"He has got the confidence in me to give me another year and I have to prove to him I am worth it."

With his future now secured for another 12 months, Hutton can focus his attentions back on the field as he attempts to force his way into the Gers side next term.

Boss McCoist will start putting his squad through their paces in a couple of weeks, with trips to the Highlands and North America planned ahead of the big kick-off.

It was during the pre-season preparations that Hutton suffered his first injury of the campaign last summer.

And the 23-year-old is determined to enjoy a more productive summer this time.

He said: "Last year, I felt the fittest I have ever been so that is the plan for this year as well, to do the same thing, the same training, eat right, and come back the way I did last season.

"Hopefully I can start the way I did last time.

"I want to come back and get myself in the team and show the gaffer why he has given me this year and prove to him that I am worth a start and get another contract."

A solid and injury-free pre-season schedule is the first hurdle Hutton will have to overcome but many more will lie in his path if he is to realise his ambition and hold down a regular place in the Rangers first team.

McCoist has already begun reshaping his squad this summer ahead of a Championship campaign that will see the Light Blues fight it out with Hearts and Hibs for the second-ier crown.

While Kenny Miller has been brought in to bolster the Ibrox attacking arsenal and Darren McGregor to add competition for places at the back, there has yet to be a new face in the middle of the field.

Hutton could, like fellow-Murray Park graduates Ross Perry and Chris Hegarty, have found himself heading for the exit door this summer.

But, having done enough to convince McCoist he is worthy of another season in which to prove himself and play a part in 'The Journey', he insists he won't let anything, or anyone, stand in his way.

"A few of the boys have left the club this season so for him to have faith in me and give me another season after the year I had last year is another boost," Hutton told RangersTV.

"There is (Ian) Blacky, Nicky Law, Lewis (Macleod) who will come back fitter.

"That is what it is like at a club like Rangers, there is always going to be competition and I am up for that.

"I know that if I come back the way I did last year my ability will come through and I can prove to the gaffer that I am worth a start."

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