Hesitant Hutton is happy to earn his Spurs with Ramos

By Pat Mooney ALAN Hutton took his time before deciding to join Juande Ramos s revolution at White Hart Lane. The 23-year-old Scotland right-back, who has six caps, twice turned Tottenham down before finally agreeing a £9million move on the penultimate da

By Pat Mooney

ALAN Hutton took his time before deciding to join Juande Ramos's revolution at White Hart Lane.

The 23-year-old Scotland right-back, who has six caps, twice turned Tottenham down before finally agreeing a £9million move on the penultimate day of the January transfer window.

The Lilywhites and Rangers had agreed a fee for Hutton at the start of the transfer window but the player opted to stay at Ibrox.


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And Hutton, who signed a new five-year deal with Rangers last July, seemed to rule out any potential move to the Lane when he rejected a second bid.

But Ramos maintained his interest in him and, after upping the terms on offer, finally got his man. And Hutton, also linked with a move to Manchester United, made an excellent debut in the 1-1 draw against the Premier League champions at home.

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"I definitely think I've made the right choice coming down here," Hutton told Ham&High Sport.

"Spurs are a massive club and to be playing in big games every week is what every young Scottish boy dreams of. Obviously, the move is a big step for me but overall I'm glad I've taken it.

"The last 12 months have been fantastic for me personally and I have received great support from the Rangers fans. That meant a lot and helped give me the confidence to take the next step in my career.

"Although I was sad to leave Ibrox, there is no doubt my transfer is good, not just for me but for Rangers."

Hutton says he has found no problems in adjusting to Ramos's new training regime. "It is no harder than what I'm used to," he said.

"Obviously, the stuff he does is very tactical which is fine. Yes, we do work harder but I'm sure every team works hard so it is no different to anywhere else."

Hutton has to sit out Spurs' Uefa Cup ties against Slavia Prague - he played for Rangers in the Champions League and now that the Scottish club have dropped into the Uefa Cup he is ineligible.

But he is available for the club's next game - the small matter of the Carling Cup final at Wembley on Sunday week.

A FULLER VERSION OF THIS INTERVIEW CAN BE READ IN THIS WEEK'S HAM&HIGH, OUT NOW.

pat.mooneyl@hamhigh.co.uk

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