Belfast Telegraph

Friday 18 April 2014

Rangers squad healthy despite transfer embargo: Hutton

Rangers midfielder Kyle Hutton insists competition for places at Ibrox will not be affected by the absence of fresh faces in January.



A registration embargo imposed by the Scottish FA as a condition of Rangers newco gaining membership of the SFA in the summer means Ally McCoist will not be allowed to field any new players until September 1.

However, ahead of today’s trip to Annan Athletic, 21-year-old Hutton said: “We haven't been thinking about the January transfer window, we've just been concentrating on the football side of things.

“Obviously it is strange because you will hear of other teams going out and signing players but we feel as though we've got a healthy squad.”

Hutton is also relaxed about the prospect of clubs testing the resolve of the Irn-Bru Third Division leaders in the new year by targeting Ibrox players such as Lewis MacLeod and Barrie McKay who have impressed since making the breakthrough into the first team this season.

He said: “At a great club like Rangers, with a massive fan base, I think that if another team did come in for some of the boys, they would think long and hard about going.

“The best thing would be staying and I'm sure the other boys would agree with me.”

Rangers first visit to Annan in September, when the Ibrox side were still adapting to life in the bottom tier of Scottish football, ended in a goalless draw.

Now 15 points clear, Hutton claims it was a case of getting used to new people and places although he is still not fan of artificial surfaces in the division, such as Annan's third generation pitch.

“Overall, we are handling everything a lot better now,” he said.

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