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Rangers manager Walter Smith has expressed delight at the decision of full-back Alan Hutton to turn down the chance of a move to Tottenham.

The Scottish club accepted a bid of about £8m from the Premier League club for the 23-year-old but the player rejected the move on Thursday evening.

“We received a bid that was reluctantly accepted, but the player himself wants to remain at Rangers,” said Smith.

“From a footballing perspective that is good news.”

Hutton signed a new five-year deal at Ibrox in July, and has impressed at home and in Europe with some outstanding displays for club and country this season.

The right-back recently received praise from Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson following his performances in Scotland’s Euro 2008 campaign.

Lsat month Rangers assistant manager Ally McCoist urged Hutton to remain at Ibrox.

“I’d like him to stay here for a long time and win things with Rangers,” McCoist said.

“I have no doubt Alan is destined for great things but I believe those great things can be with Rangers. We don’t want to lose players of his quality.”

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