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Kyle Hutton commits future to newco Rangers

Updated: Wednesday, 27 Jun 2012 17:06 | Comments

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Kyle Hutton has become the third player to commit his future to newco Rangers.

The midfielder follows the lead of Lee Wallace and Lee McCulloch, who have both indicated they will report back for the start of pre-season training tomorrow as planned.

Steven Davis, Allan McGregor, Kyle Lafferty, Jamie Ness, Steven Naismith, Steven Whittaker, Sone Aluko and Rhys McCabe have all refused to transfer their contracts to Charles Green`s Sevco company.

However, Hutton - who spent last season on loan to Partick Thistle and then Dunfermline - is determined to make an impact upon his return to Ibrox.

The 21-year-old told Rangers official website: "Like everyone else in the first-team squad, I've had a good long, hard think about the situation.

"With the other players that are leaving, I look upon what has happened as something which presents me with a chance to play more games for the club," he added.

"As sad as everything which has been going on is, this is still Rangers we are talking about and it's an extremely attractive team for people to play for.

"For me, it is in my best interests to stay where I am and to try to establish myself in the side next season.

"I feel I've got a lot more to give the club.

"I'm still a young player who is learning his trade and hopefully I've got a long career ahead of me so this is a great place for me to keep learning."

Hutton has urged those who are undecided over their own futures to follow his example.

He added: "I'd say the same to other young players who have yet to make their decisions on their futures known.

"There are quite a few other boys coming through who can make an impact and hopefully they can look at things in the same light as I have."

Green`s application to join the Scottish Premier League looks doomed and he could be forced to relaunch the club in the Irn-Bru Third Division, although a "soft landing" in the First Division has also been speculated upon.

Hutton said: "I enjoyed it in the First Division with Partick last season.

"If that's where we were to end up playing, I'd know what to expect and it's a tough league.

"For the players who are remaining with Rangers, it's still a good level to play at and it'll be a bigger test for us than some might think should we go into that competition.

"Being a First Division player definitely toughened me up and my mentality changed for the better.

"I learned to appreciate some grounds aren't as fancy as others but you still need to dig in and get results wherever you go. That has helped me a lot.

"Whatever league we are in, there will be pressure on us to win it and the players who are at Ibrox will rise to that."

Midfielder Davis claimed he had to put his career first after turning down a move to the newco Rangers.

The Northern Ireland international, who joined Rangers in 2008, captained the club through four months of administration but Green's application to join the SPL looks doomed and he could be forced to relaunch the club in the Irn-Bru Third Division.

In a statement published in the Daily Record, Davis said: "Only those who know me will know how much Rangers mean to me.

"I signed a new contract last year, giving my best years to the club in the knowledge we'd be challenging for leagues and cups and in Europe year after year. That's the reason I came to Rangers.

"My young family love life in Scotland but after all that's gone on since administration in February there came a point when I needed to make a decision based on what was best for my short career."

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