Rangers (and Scotland) have been hit by the most soul-destroying injury shocker after in-form John Souttar picked up yet another issue while training with Steve Clarke’s international camp for the upcoming clash with Norway, and is currently in discussions with Scotland’s manager over whether or not to remain with the group.
The 26-year-old stopper, who finally looked like he was putting his injury hell behind him with some stellar Rangers displays since his return to the Ibrox fold a couple of months ago, has been hit with the most unwanted of injury issues.
It’s unclear yet what this latest problem is, but the last thing any of us wanted was for Souttar to break down again, but it looks like he has.
We can only pray this issue is minor, and not enough to rule him out of the match with Erland Haaland and co, but going by his track record it may well be.
This has significant implications for Rangers – both he and Connor Goldson had a season disrupted with injury – the latter had barely a niggle for the first three seasons at Ibrox and broken appearances records such was his availability, but as he is aging, his body is breaking down more and he’s become infinitely less reliable, missing a glut of matches this season past.
And of course, Souttar missed almost all of it with existing conditions from his Hearts days, and lied about those in order to play, and paid for it by losing pretty much his whole season.
We hope this latest setback is minor and no big deal, the fact he’s in discussions with the international camp and medical over whether or not to remain does suggest it’s not overly serious, given he hasn’t just automatically left, but it’s still a chilling sign to see the boy once again in the headlines over injuries and fitness.
More as we get it.