Crystal Palace outcast inspired by ex-Aston Villa teammate

Barry Bannan

Barry Bannan is following the example set by Scotland and ex-Aston Villa teammate Alan Hutton in his bid to revive his Crystal Palace career.

Scotland midfielder Barry Bannan is hoping to win back his first-team place at Crystal Palace with an impressive set of performances for the national team.

Bannan, 24, has made just one appearance since Neil Warnock’s arrival at Selhurst Park in late-August, starting the 3-2 extra-time defeat to Newcastle United in the Capital One Cup last month.

He is eager to catch the attention of his new manager, however, and is taking inspiration from his former Aston Villa teammate and compatriot Alan Hutton, who is back in Paul Lambert’s lineup after two seasons in the wilderness.

‘You’ve got to look at guys like Alan Hutton – in the past he wasn’t playing for his club and was coming away and playing really well [for Scotland],’ he told STV ahead of Scotland’s Euro 2016 qualifiers against Georgia and Poland.

‘The only thing I can do is, when I come here, is do my all in training to get into the team.

‘I keep myself fit. It’s a shame I’m not playing but hopefully playing well here will impress the gaffer and I’ll get the chance.

‘I think [Neil Warnock] had just got the job the week I was coming away for the game against Germany.

‘You obviously think if you’re playing against Germany and doing well then you’ll have a chance when you go back.

‘But Palace were doing well at the time and it’s just a case of waiting for your chance and taking it when you get in there.’

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