Rangers-bound defender John Souttar could appear for Hearts against Rangers in the Scottish Cup final this weekend as Jambos boss Robbie Neilson confirmed the Scotland international will play in a bounce game this week to build up his fitness.
Souttar came off the bench in yesterday’s 3-1 defeat by Rangers as he made his first appearance since March following an ankle injury, with ex-Ibrox kid Craig Halkett also making his return from injury for the Jambos.
With Hearts and Rangers meeting at Hampden next weekend, Souttar could take his Hearts bow at the national stadium – if he proves his fitness in midweek.
“It was great to get them back on,” Neilson said after the 3-1 win yesterday. “You can see that rustiness there. But it was brilliant to have them there and you can see the level coming up when they come on. It’s just about that fitness now, can we get them there for the final.
We’ve got a bounce game here on Tuesday. They’ll get some game time in that and then we’ll make a decision after that.”
Souttar Hampden bow would be good – as long he’s on the losing side v Rangers
After a couple of months on the sidelines, getting minutes under his belt is always going to be a good thing for Souttar ahead of his move to Rangers.
Hopefully though, the defender won’t be on the winning side at Hampden otherwise it might make his first day at Ibrox as a Rangers player a little uncomfortable.
With Rangers the favourites to lift the famous trophy at Hampden, there shouldn’t be too much to worry about at the weekend.