As Rangers defender John Souttar finally begins to find his feet at Ibrox, he can soften the blow from Ben Davies’ potential exit and stake his claim as the club’s best defender.

But only if the footballing Gods and his injury fate are kind to him.

The Scotland international defender, 26, has managed to keep his footballing career on a solid trajectory, despite a series of unlucky injuries which have massively disrupted it.

It is a huge testament to the ability of former Dundee Utd and Hearts defender John Souttar that he retains such a high-profile, despite missing around half of his career due to injury problems.

There have been no end to the issues which have plagued the six-capped Scotland international, with serious problems around his Achilles tendon the main source of frustration.

The problem even stirred during his time at Hearts. As the defender came to Rangers, amid separate injury problems and devastating off-field woe, it was a difficult start for Souttar at Ibrox.

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John Souttar has chance to stake Rangers claim

Now back in the Rangers first team, the last few weeks have seen the Gers catch glimpses of this solid, mobile and commanding defensive unit and what Souttar can bring to the team.

If Rangers can keep Souttar fit, he will be a genuine asset to the side with his commanding aerial presence, reading of the game and ability on the ball.

Getting off the goal-scoring mark by powering in a header in last weekend’s 3-0 win over Celtic, was just reward after a season of pain for the Rangers defender.

Now, the test is finishing the campaign strongly, having a bright pre-season and coming back into the new campaign ready to stake a claim for a first-team jersey.

With the likes of Filip Helander moving on, and reports suggesting £4m centre-back Ben Davies could be sold, there’s every chance he can do just that.

Given the ability the defender clearly has, he can also give Connor Goldson a run for his money and go on to prove himself the club’s number one defender in the seasons to come.

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