Hutton aims to kick on
Kyle Hutton hopes an impressive outing against Motherwell in Wednesday night's Scottish Communities League Cup win will end his exile from the Rangers first team.
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The midfielder was pitched into the action early on in the 2-0 win at Ibrox, after Francisco Sandaza was forced off with a head knock, and made the most of his opportunity.
It was Hutton's first appearance since the League Cup win over East Fife in early August and, in recent games, he has failed even to make the bench.
The 21-year-old is now keen to establish himself in the top team after admitting he has no idea why he has not been able to hold down a place in boss Ally McCoist's plans so far.
He said: "I've not really got an answer to that question. I could have sat in the corner and sulked but I knew what I had to do. I just kept my head down and worked hard.
"I got my reward and I took my chance so hopefully things can change.
"Personally, it was great. I've been a bit frustrated over the past while with not getting a game. I've come in now and played well so hopefully I can kick on now."
Hutton was one of the first to commit himself to Rangers over the summer after a number of other players refused to transfer their own contracts to the newco.
He added: "I'm still a young boy and I'm still learning the game. I thought to myself that there was no better place to learn my game than here at Rangers.
"I'm settled here and I love it here. It didn't cross my mind at all to leave.
"Straight away I knew what I was doing, that I was staying here."
Goals from Lee McCulloch and Dean Shiels allowed Rangers to claim victory over Clydesdale Bank Premier League leaders Motherwell.
It was Rangers' first meeting with top-flight opposition since being refused entry to the SPL and voted into the Irn-Bru Third Division in July.
Hutton said: "We knew what we had to do, we had to raise our game, and we did that. It was a good performance and a good win but we are just fully focusing on winning SFL3 and we'll take it from there.
"Whatever team we get in the next round, we're not bothered. We showed here what we can do.
"With recent results, we had to get that one good result.
"We did that, we fought and we played well. We're happy to get the win."
As far as Motherwell boss Stuart McCall was concerned, most of his players failed to earn pass marks on the night.
He said: "As individuals, nobody can be proud of their performance, possibly other than the goalkeeper who had a couple of saves with his feet in the second half.
"We had to be at our best and we were nowhere near our best collectively or as individuals."