The last time we discussed John Souttar on Ibrox Noise, we were hounded by Rangers fans convinced we were taking the urine out of a man suffering bereavement.
Despite the fact the article supported the man, and hoped he’d come out his dark place soon, many readers somehow took our good wishes upon him and disappointment that it hadn’t worked out at Ibrox yet as some kind of attack on him.
It was the first time in years Ibrox Noise has had to withdraw an article purely as a result of abuse.
So, here we are again, addressing the John Souttar topic, and frankly, we’re keeping it up this time, no matter what you think of this piece.
And that topic is a thorny one. Everyone knows Souttar is an excellent defender when he’s fit and in form – he’s a Scotland international and comfortably was the best non Old Firm defender in the league.
But he was deeply, deeply injury prone, and that was a huge risk. He was signed as a replacement for Connor Goldson, given the club accepted the Englishman was going to leave – Gio even announced it as 90% certain.
He was to come in in the summer as a replacement – but of course, Goldson stayed, and Souttar was now, frankly, a bit redundant, given the number of right-footed CBs Rangers had at the time.
But two things have derailed him even more.
1: The passing of his brother. Any bereavement is going to deeply wound – we’ve all lost someone, and know how hard it is. He was aware his brother was going to pass before his time, but being aware makes it no less hard when it happens.
2: Injury. Unfortunately that career injury blight hit him not long after he arrived, and he’s out for an indeterminate period as a result.
There’s also something else; his start at Ibrox. He was, frankly, awful at Livi, and shouldn’t have been selected with his brother being so ill. He would have hoped to play well for his family, for his brother, but it didn’t happen and he really struggled. Mentally that set him back too.
All-in-all Souttar is really struggling. Injury, bereavement, and a bad start in terms of form, not to mention his place being uprooted thanks to Goldson staying, this transfer has been a complete nightmare and disaster for the player and club so far.
We have no idea when we will see Souttar in our shirt again, but we really wish him the best.