Alan Hutton sends Instagram message to Aston Villa fans

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The Scottish right-back admits he is "devastated" about the club's relegation but insists that they can bounce back next season.

Aston Villa right-back Alan Hutton has sent a message to the club's supporters on his personal Instagram account, admitting his devastation at the club's relegation but insisting that the have what it takes to bounce straight back to the top flight.

Villa were relegated in mid-April with four games to spare after a dreadful season which has seen them win only three of their 37 league games.

The last of those victories came over struggling Norwich City, who look set to join them in the Championship next season, three months ago, and they only ended a run of 11 straight defeats with a goalless draw against fellow strugglers Newcastle United on Saturday.

Hutton is one of the club's longest-serving players in the current squad having joined from Tottenham Hotspur five years ago, and has made 99 appearances for the club in all competitions.

The 31-year-old is one of the more senior figures at the club and sent a message to Villa fans after that stalemate praising the vociferous support in the final home game of the dismal season, and emphasising that with hard work they can be back in the big time sooner rather than later.

Hutton wrote: "Good result, fans were great 2day. Devastated about going down, but I know if we work hard, give everything we can bounce straight back!!"

The Scotland international is, for many Villa fans, one of the few players to emerge from this most catastrophic of campaigns with any individual credit, after fighting to save a career which was on the rocks at Villa Park.

Having played 34 times in his debut season at the club, he was then exiled by then-manager Paul Lambert and did not make a single senior appearance for the Birmingham side between May 2012 and August 2014, instead spending time out on loan at various clubs.

However, in the last two seasons he has been an important player for the club once more, and may well remain so in the Championship next term.

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