The midfielder replaced Fran Sandaza as a substitute in last week’s League Cup win over Motherwell and gave a really dominant showing in midfield.
He then started the 1-0 Scottish Cup win at Forres on Saturday and although the team was disappointing overall, the youngster was one of the few players to emerge with pass marks.
Hutton has endured a disappointing start to the season after finding himself on the fringes of McCoist’s squad rather than at the heart of it.
Now, however, with Ian Black set to return to the pool from injury this Saturday at Stirling Albion, the manager knows he has a tough selection to make.
He told RangersTV: “Certainly in the Motherwell game, I thought Kyle came on to the park and was very, very good.
“I’ve said to him that that’s the level of performance and the standard we are looking for from him, not just in the odd game but every week.
“We need that. The difference between playing at other clubs and this one is you don’t get away with four good games and a couple of not so good ones here.
“That doesn’t just apply to Kyle, it applies to everybody. You need to be an out or nine out of 10 player here all the time.
“Kyle has staked a claim, of course he has. If he deserves to play, he’ll play. Make no mistake about it.
“We are in no position to pick and choose and there certainly won’t be any favouritism. As I’ve said to all the players, I’m of the opinion that if you deserve a game, you’ll get one.”