Rangers-bound defender John Souttar rose above boos from some Hearts fans to produce a commanding display against St Johnstone.
Late last week, following much speculation, Rangers announced a pre-contract agreement with Souttar.
It was confirmation that the Gers had beaten off competition from a number of English clubs to sign a player who’s been coming into his own this season, impressing for both club and country.
Bears were delighted and the backlash from Hearts fans was significant.
It’s always going to be frustrating when a key performer opts to leave your club for another in the same league, but any player with ambition would make the move to Ibrox to compete for titles and test themselves in Europe.
Some Hearts fans continue to view the pre-contract as a betrayal, though, and they booed the Scotland international consistently at Tynecastle on Tuesday night.
Yet, in a promising sign for Rangers, he was able to overcome the adversity and deliver a top performance.
Rangers-bound Souttar shines for Hearts
The Jambos won 2-0, courtesy of a double from Josh Ginnelly, with Souttar helping to keep the latest of many 2021/22 clean sheets for the Edinburgh side.
He received a strong SofaScore rating of 7.6 for his performance and it’s easy to see why given his stats.
The centre-back made three clearances, two tackles, one block and one interception.
He won five out of seven ground duels and two out of three aerial duels, while he only committed two fouls and completed both of his attempted dribbles.
One area for improvement was his use of the ball, as he lost possession 13 times, but his pass completion percentage of 84 was still decent.
Overall, then, it was a commanding display from a player who will prove to be an excellent signing if he can keep injuries at bay during his time at Ibrox.
It’s possible that the Hearts fan backlash could aid Rangers’ attempts to bring his move forward, too.