Rangers pair say they’d play for ‘Team GB’
Rangers youngsters Gregg Wylde and Kyle have Hutton admitted that they would be willing to play for a Great Britain team in the 2012 London Olympics.
Controversy has surrounded the issue of Team GB this week following the announcement by the British Olympic Association that a “historic agreement” had been reached with the four home nations for a united football team, primarily consisting of players who are under 23.
The Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish football associations denied any agreement and SFA chief executive Stewart Regan reiterated his belief that such a move would be a threat to his organisation’s autonomy.
However, speaking at the launch for Rangers’ new away kit, Wylde said: “I wouldn't mind to be honest. I haven't been called up to the Scotland squad yet and hopefully if I play this season I will be called up.
“But if I do get called up to the Team GB team it would be good for me and my career ahead.”
Hutton added: “I feel the same. Obviously if the chance came along to be picked for Team GB it would be a great achievement for me.
“It is the whole event, everybody knows about it.”
Hutton admits he would relish the prospect of playing alongside former England midfielder David Beckham, if that were to be the case.
“He is a world wide superstar because of his ability and to play alongside him would be a dream come true,” said Hutton.
On the home front, Wylde welcomed the news that Rangers are bidding for Dundee United striker David Goodwillie.
The Ibrox club have targeted the 22-year-old Tannadice striker although they have baulked at the £2million asking price.
Light Blues manager Ally McCoist has yet to make a new signing since taking over from Walter Smith but Wylde claimed that Goodwillie would be a good first addition for the champions.
“It would be good to see Goodwillie come to help the squad and score goals,” the 20-year-old midfielder said. “What he did at Dundee United last season was brilliant so hopefully, if he does come here, he can carry it on.
Hutton also added that keeping the star names is also vitally important, particularly in-demand goalkeeper Allan McGregor.
“If we can keep a hold of McGregor that would be a big plus,” he said. “You saw what he did last year, he was outstanding.
“The saves he pulled off and the way he conducts himself on the pitch, he could easily play in England.”