Rangers-linked star impresses in narrow defeat to Celtic
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Rangers-linked star impresses in narrow defeat to Celtic

John Souttar showed yet again why he could be a good signing for Rangers with an impressive display against Celtic.

Hearts lost the clash 1-0 at Parkhead and could count themselves unlucky as the Celtic goal was clearly offside.

Rangers-linked John Souttar put in an impressive display against Celtic. (Photo by Steve Welsh/Getty Images)

Souttar played the full match for the Edinburgh side and yet again, produced impressive stats throughout.

The Scot won 75% of his total duels and had a total of 58 touches during the match [SofaScore].

The defender wasn’t dribbled past once in the contest, blocked four Celtic shots, and made six critical clearances over the 90 minutes [SofaScore].

These stats show just how vital he was to preventing more Celtic goals and with these type of performances, Souttar would fit into the Rangers backline well.

Although there have been many positives from the first three matches of Giovanni van Bronkhorst’s reign, there are still some defensive problems that need to be fixed.

Injuries haven’t helped and neither has an out-of-form Connor Goldson. The Englishman’s contract expires in the summer and with no word on an extension, his performances have suffered.

This could pave way for a new signing, with Rangers having been linked with Souttar in recent months [Daily Record], and the club could secure his services next month for free.

The 25-year-old may not be the high-profile name that many fans want, but statistically, he has been fantastic this term.

He has scored 3 goals in the Scottish Premiership this season and after 14 games, only 1 error he has made has led to a goal for the opposition [SofaScore].

John Souttar has been a reported transfer target for Rangers for a while now and his recent performances have shown he could be a great signing. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

With Rangers also potentially losing Calvin Bassey and Leon Balogun in January for the African Cup of Nations, van Bronckhorst could really do with strengthening at the back.

Meanwhile, Rangers fans have been left stunned following an incident between Souttar and Celtic player Kyogo Furuhashi in their recent clash.