Rangers-bound defender John Souttar has landed an impressive accolade ahead of his summer move to Ibrox – being named one of the ‘rising stars’ of Scottish business.
A list published by Business Insider named the Scotland defender second on their 35-strong list for the impressive growth of his coffee shop, Maison Dieu Coffee Roasters, in Brechin.
Souttar and former Dundee United teammate Euan Spark opened the business in 2020 as the defender looked at the possibility of a future away from the game after suffering a serious Achilles injury.
“The idea came after my second Achilles injury,” Souttar said [Courier].
“It was a time when I was saying to myself: ‘I might need to do something else.’
“So, it became a case of thinking about what my interests were and what I enjoyed — coffee.
“I also knew that, even in the best-case scenario, I was going to be out for a long time.
“If I was going to launch a business while still playing, it was the perfect opportunity to do that.
“I spoke to [partner] Kayley and Sparky [Euan Spark] and it snowballed from there.”
While his playing career has recovered and now goes from strength to strength, Souttar has made an equally impressive start to life in business.
Souttar will join Rangers in the summer when his Hearts contract comes to an end.
Here’s what the experts had to say as they touted the soon-to-be-Rangers star’s business acumen:
“John Souttar is currently enjoying his finest spell as a footballer with dominant displays for Heart of Midlothian, a first goal for the national team and an imminent summer move to Rangers.
“It is a remarkable turn of events after a career blighted by injury. But it was following a setback after his second Achilles tear in August 2020 that John began to consider a life away from football. This is where the idea for Maison Dieu Coffee Roasters took hold.
“The coffee roaster and cafe, established with partner Kayley and former teammate Euan Spark, opened in Brechin, in November 2021. John has thrown himself into every aspect of the business, from roasting beans to becoming a proficient barista. He is also conscious of the ethical issues facing the coffee industry and, as such, Maison Dieu has a close relationship with its partner farms to ensure growers are paid a fair price.”