The right-back has often been in and out of the Villa first-team.
Alan Hutton will be starting for Scotland this evening when the Tartan Army take on Georgia in Tbilisi and it is no doubt a relief for the right-back – whose club career has suffered various ups and downs in the past few years.
Hutton was signed by Villa from Tottenham Hotspur in 2011, who themselves had paid £9 million to bring the player in from Rangers three years previously, as reported by The Telegraph.
During his time at Villa he has been in and out of the starting XI and at the moment it would appear he is not the first choice for Villa in that position.
But throughout his troubles at Villa, where he has also spent time out on loan at Nottingham Forest, Mallorca and Bolton Wanderers, he has remained a constant in the Scotland side.
Former Celtic defender Mark Wilson, himself a right-back with one international cap for Scotland to his name, has been speaking about Hutton in the Daily Record today highlighting his importance to the Scotland team and Gordon Strachan – stating:
“Hutton is the classic example of Gordon’s managerial style.
“Alan is a quality player and I’m surprised he went so long without a game at club level with Aston Villa.
“But Gordon always knew what he was capable of and a £9million player does not become rubbish overnight.
“Gordon was right to bring Hutton back into the Scotland squad and he has repaid the manager’s faith in him with his performances.”
Hutton recently got his first Premier League start of the season in the 2-2 draw with Sunderland and will be hoping to use the international break as yet another opportunity to remind people of his talents.