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Alarm bells sounding for Everton

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By ESPN Staff

Rangers' McCoist hoping Hutton stays at Ibrox

Rangers assistant boss Ally McCoist hopes Alan Hutton will complete his footballing education at Ibrox.

The 23-year-old right-back has been outstanding for Rangers and Scotland this season and as a result has been linked with clubs such as Newcastle and Tottenham.

Manchester United and Lazio have also reportedly been impressed by Hutton, but McCoist wants the defender to stay in Scotland and help Walter Smith's improving team to win trophies.

McCoist is well aware of the reports linking Hutton with other clubs.

'But I'd like him to stay here for a long time and win things with Rangers,' McCoist told The Sun. 'We don't want to lose players of his quality.

'I have no doubt Alan is destined for great things in his career, but I believe those great things can be with Rangers.

'He is still young and has a bit to learn and, with a bit of luck, he can learn at our place over the next few years.'

Meanwhile, McCoist is in no rush to make the next move in his own career.

He has played down any suggestion he could be being lined up as the natural successor to Rangers manager Walter Smith.

McCoist told Rangers News: 'I have no idea if this is a grooming process for me - you would have to ask the chairman that.

'I'm not trying to run here before I can walk.'

The 45-year-old Rangers legend is focused on short-term goals, and said: 'We want to come through the turn of the year looking forward to the semi-finals of the League Cup, the last 32 of the UEFA Cup and still in contention in the championship.'