And it’s all because Glasgow Rangers failed to beat Lyon in their final Champions League group match in December. The Daily Mail explains that the Scottish team’s failure to reach the knockout stages of the above competition means that Alan Hutton cannot play for Tottenham in the UEFA Cup.
A UEFA spokesman exclusively told Sportsmail online: “It is true that Dimitar Berbatov, had he moved to a team playing in the Champions League, would have been able to play in that competition because his current club had not played in that competition.
“But in the case of Hutton, even though he did not play in the UEFA Cup for Rangers, the fact that Rangers have been relegated from the Champions League to the UEFA Cup, means he cannot appear in that competition for Tottenham in the same season.”
It’s not clear whether Juande Ramos was aware of this fact before he signed the Scottish full-back in the January transfer window, although he’ll now be short of cover in Europe with Gareth Bale confirmed as injured for the rest of the season yesterday.