Former Rangers defender Richard Foster thinks John Souttar’s stand-out performance for Hearts against the Gers in the Scottish Cup final shows just how good the Scotland international can be at Ibrox.
Souttar was Hearts’ best player in the Hampden clash as he represented the Jambos for the last time before his summer switch to Ibrox.
For Foster, he thinks that shows the mentality Souttar has by going toe-to-toe with his soon-to-be employers after a few months on the sidelines.
“He’s had a few serious injuries over the years, but he has shown real character to come back from them,” Foster said [Scottish Sun].
“We saw his performance in the Scottish Cup final against Rangers, and it showed his mentality to go up against the team he was joining.
“It’s difficult for someone who is still relatively young to get your head round that, but he focused and put in a really top performance.
“If there was ever a game that Rangers wanted to see how he could perform that was it.
“He was easily Hearts’ best player that day, and one of the best on the park.
“Souttar hadn’t played for a few months before the final after getting a knock, and he was missing a bit of match sharpness.
“But that shows how good a player he can be.”
Souttar needs to stay injury free after torrid time at Hearts
After a couple of serious injuries blighted his time at Hearts, Souttar will be hoping to avoid any repeat now he’s moved across the M8.
With Connor Goldson sure to be a constant presence in the side, Souttar will be battling the likes of Fil Helander and Calvin Bassey for a start.
If he can stay fit, there’s no reason why he can’t become just as regular a starter as Goldson at the heart of Rangers’ defence.