By Mike Slater

14th Jan, 2022 | 6:44pm

Chris Sutton: John Souttar is downgrade on Connor Goldson for Rangers

Chris Sutton has insisted that Rangers potentially signing John Souttar to replace Connor Goldson is a “downgrade.”

The Hearts defender has been confirmed after signing a pre-contract deal at Ibrox, with the move set to happen in the summer.

Sutton believes that Goldson is looking to jump ship at the end of the season, with Souttar set to replace him.

Speaking on BT Sports Scottish Football Extra, Sutton reacted to the signing ahead of it being completed this evening.

“I think that he’s a good player,” he said.

“John Souttar is a right-sided centre half, the issue with Rangers is what is going to happen to Goldson, it looks as though he wants to jump ship.

“Is he like for like for Goldson? I don’t think he’s at Goldson’s level, not that Goldson has been exceptional this season.

“With respect to John Souttar, I think it’s a downgrade.”

Way out.

Goldson is in a similar position to Souttar, with his deal running out at the end of this current season.

No clubs have come forward from south of the border or elsewhere for his signature yet, meaning there is still hope that he can extend his stay.

Either way, Souttar is still needed so Sutton’s argument is irrelevant.

The 25-year-old has been class since returning to action in the Scottish Premiership this season, spearheading Hearts’ return from the back.

His experience is going to be key, and this only strengthens the best defence in Scotland as it is, so there are no issues with this one.

In other Rangers news,  an official club partner has fired back at Tom English after his latest bitter jibe at the Bears