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Alan Hutton details Rangers exit as he recalls snubbing Tottenham private jet in hope of Ibrox stay

ALAN HUTTON left Rangers in 2008 after rejecting multiple offers to join Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League.

The now retired full-back, 37, was determined to remain at Ibrox despite Spurs chiefs determined to lure him down south.

Hutton did eventually move to Spurs, but it took a meeting with David Murray before he travelled to London and accepted terms in the Premier League.

Even then, Hutton had already snubbed a private jet sent for him by the club as he remained focussed on his future at Rangers.

Detailing the transfer chase leading to his £9million record transfer from Rangers, since broken by Nathan Patterson’s move to Everton, he told the Scottish Sun: “That’s the truth, I didn’t want to go.

“I don’t think people know the story, but I actually knocked it back three or four times.

“I even remember them sending up a plane and me not turning up for it.

“Eventually I had a meeting with David Murray through in Edinburgh and he basically said, ‘Look, you need to go’.

“I thought about it again and decided that, over the long-term, it was probably best for everyone — but it was tough.

“I had been a Rangers fan all my life. I’d been a youth player and the only thing I wanted was to play for Rangers.

“I’d only just got there and then suddenly someone was saying to me, ‘Right, it’s time to leave’.”

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