Hutton makes return from injury

23 March 2009 11:15
Scotland full-back Alan Hutton returned from a foot injury on Monday with a 71-minute run-out in Tottenham reserves' clash with West Brom.The 24-year-old Scotland international, who insists he is ready to face Holland in Saturday's World Cup qualifier if called upon, was booked for tangling with Roman Bednar during Spurs' 2-1 win.The former Rangers right-back was making his comeback from a fractured bone in his foot and had earlier claimed he was keen to face the Dutch."It's a big task but I believe in my own ability," Hutton told BBC Scotland. "I've been working hard for months and training for two weeks so if I'm asked to play it won't be a problem."Scotland are hoping the double-header against Holland and Iceland will kick-start their disappointing campaign, which sees them sit second in Group 9 with just four points.But Hutton has been impressed by boss George Burley since he took over the helm from Alex McLeish last January."I think he's done well," he said. "He's put his own ideas into place."We seem to be solid and have the players to attack teams."It was always going to be hard because we'd done well under the previous managers but, at the end of the day, it's the same players."He's worked with some big players and has been around the block and everyone gives him respect, like they should, because he's the international manager."He added: "We go to Amsterdam not expecting anything, everything's on them. They have to beat us."So, we can go there as underdogs, play the way we do and if we pick up something or sneak a goal and happen to win then it's a massive result for us."Scotland head to the Netherlands without Kris Boyd after the Rangers striker's decision to quit international football while Burley remains in charge."It was obviously a massive decision in Kris' career and I can see why he was frustrated," said former Ibrox team-mate Hutton."Like everyone else, he wants to play. At that moment in time he hadn't been playing much and he was disappointed that he didn't come on in the games."He was frustrated and acted on the day when he should have maybe let it settle down but that's life and it's football as well."These decisions come up all the time."

Source: Eurosport