Freshly announced new Rangers star suffers heartbreak just hours after unveiling
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New Rangers signing suffers heartbreak just hours after Ibrox unveiling

New Rangers signing John Souttar tasted World Cup Playoff heartbreak with Scotland against Ukraine just hours after being unveiled at Ibrox.

The centre-back, 25, joins the Gers one a pre-contract deal from Scottish Premiership rivals Hearts and was unveiled to supporters ahead of Scotland’s match with but Ukraine.

Rangers’ only representative in the squad for the match at Hampden, John Souttar never even got off the bench as the Tartan Army watched their side fall to a 3-1 defeat.

Ukraine now head to the final playoff against Wales in Cardiff for a place at Qatar 2022 as they overcame a range of emotions and a lacklustre Scotland in Glasgow.

Goals from Andriy Yarmolenko and Roman Yuremchuk had Ukraine deservedly 2-0 up and dreaming before Calum McGregor had Scotland fans hoping.

But the result was confirmed with almost the final kick of the ball as Artem Dovbyk rounded off the scoring on the night.

Rangers star John Souttar suffers Scotland heartbreak v Ukraine

Backup Rangers keeper Jon McLaughlin wasn’t included in Clarke’s latest squad whilst Ryan Jack missed out after pulling out of the Scotland squad during the week.

Ex-Rangers star Nathan Patterson also missed out through injury whilst Ibrox-linked Sunderland striker Ross Stewart also never got off the bench.

The result has left plenty within the Scotland camp questioning what might’ve been as Ukraine overcome a difficult few months off the pitch to secure a Playoff Final spot.

Next up for Ukraine is that trip to Wales whilst Scotland will now turn their attentions to the UEFA Nations League campaign.

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Scotland will face Armenia in Glasgow on Saturday before flying out to face Ireland in Dublin as attention turns to qualifying for the European Championships.

Following the defeat to Ukraine, an appearance at France 1998 remains the last time Scotland qualified for a World Cup.

Meanwhile, Rangers also secured the signature of another impressive defender over the weekend.

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