Aston Villa legend Ian Taylor has paid tribute to Alan Hutton after the former Villa defender announced his retirement from professional football.
The 35-year-old began his career at Rangers, coming through the ranks at Ibrox before making his debut in 2002.
During his time at the Scottish Premiership club, Hutton made 91 competitive appearances (Transfermarkt) and won the league title in 2005.
The full-back then made the switch to Tottenham Hotspur in 2008 for £9million, which remains Rangers’ record fee received (BBC Sport), and won the League Cup with Spurs.
In 2011, Hutton made the move to Aston Villa, where he made upwards of 200 competitive appearances (Transfermarkt), scored a wonderful solo goal against rivals Birmingham City, and helped the Villans get back in the Premier League last year.
Hutton also took a huge pay cut in the summer of 2018 when Villa had financial issues, saying the club’s fans were a huge factor in him wanting to stay (Daily Record).
Here is Taylor’s message to Hutton:
— Ian Taylor (@IanTaylor7) February 19, 2020
Some Villa fans also paid tribute:
Yes, gave us everything and a beautiful goal that will be remembered for ever😂UTV 💜 💙
— Gezza (@carey_gez) February 19, 2020
Scottish Cafu !!!!!
— $KILL$ PAY BILLZ 💷 AVFC ❤️ (@skillspaybillz) February 19, 2020
I wonder could he become part of the coaching set-up??
— Mick (@iAmSwissMick) February 19, 2020
Deserves a testimonial
— THE VILLAN (@ADAMVILLA1971) February 19, 2020
That Goal Tayls 👍🏻
— Tony Angelino (@GQuinn1967) February 19, 2020
The Scottish Cafu 😁😁 that goal against small heath😁 legend!!!
— Antony (@antonydpixie) February 19, 2020