New Rangers signing John Souttar played 90 minutes for Scotland as the national team defeated Armenia 2-0 in their UEFA Nations League opener ahead of EURO 2024 qualification.
Souttar would start as part of a back three alongside Nottingham Forest’s Scott McKenna and Club Brugge’s Jack Hendry.
And it was two defenders who’d make the difference as Celtic full-back Anthony Ralston and Forest defender Scott McKenna scored the decisive goals.
John Souttar played the entire 90 minutes and this comes after the defender was left out of the devastating Scotland World Cup Playoff defeat to Ukraine at Hampden.
One of the stand-out performers in the Scottish Premiership last season, John Souttar is one of the nation’s best options at centre-back and would’ve added to his six caps had injury not derailed the earlier part of his career.
Rangers defender John Souttar plays full 90 for Scotland
Returning to the Scotland fold and scoring in the 2-0 World Cup Qualifying win over Denmark last year, manager Steven Clarke waxed lyrical about the return after the game.
So much so that the ex-Killie boss even claimed that he could’ve cried such was the depth emotion after the game.
“John Souttar can be the story tonight,” said Clarke [Independent].
“To come back from the injuries John had, over a long period of time, it was a bonus – and I know how happy he was – just to be in the squad, and to get the chance to play tonight.
“And to play the way he did – the goal was the icing on the cake for me – his performance was outstanding, so congratulations to John.
“I gave him a big hug as he came off.
“It was quite emotional, you understand when you have been a player yourself and been involved in the game for so long how difficult it is to come back so I am delighted for him.”
The centre-back, 25, has already been announced as a Rangers player and will go into Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s squad ahead of the new season.
Meanwhile, Rangers have been linked with a move for a Premier League youngster amid Ibrox exit links concerning two players.