Speaking to the Vauxhall Football YouTube channel, Crystal Palace midfielder James McArthur has named Alan Hutton of Aston Villa as his best ever Scotland full-back, ahead of some illustrious competition.
McArthur, who lines up alongside Hutton in Gordon Strachan’s side, said: “In my all time XI for full-back would be Alan Hutton. I think a lot of people would maybe go previous years, but I’ve grown up seeing him progress, playing with him, and understanding the job that he does. So I would go with him.”
This is certainly a bold claim to make, with many Scotland fans ready to suggest that Hutton should not even be in the squad, let alone their best ever full-back.
The likes of Danny McGrain and Sandy Jardine would normally take this title from Hutton, but clearly McArthur has seen enough from playing alongside the Villa defender to believe he is Scotland’s all time best full-back.
Hutton, now 30, has played 46 times for his country, and has enjoyed a strong top flight career across both England and Scotland. He started his career with Rangers, before moving to Tottenham and then Aston Villa in 2011.
He has also spent loan spells with Nottingham Forest, Mallorca, Sunderland and Bolton, although he looks to be fairly settled in the Villa team this season under Tim Sherwood.
This is high praise for Hutton, and on the international stage he has done little to back up this title.
The Tartan Army have never reached an international finals competition in the time since he made his debut to now, and after missing out of qualification for Euro 2016, it is likely Hutton has just one tournament left in him.
He could play a part in Strachan’s side in the qualifying campaign for the 2018 World Cup, and Hutton will finally want to have an impact at international level so he can live up to Palace man McArthur’s high praise.