Celtic outnumber Rangers six to two in Team of the Year, but John Souttar offers silver lining
Rangers failing to properly defend the Scottish Premiership title is laid bare by the fact their presence in the PFA Scotland Team of the Year is so low.
Only captain James Tavernier and leading scorer Alfredo Morelos are voted in by fellow players, as Glasgow rivals Celtic’s six representatives reflect their post-Christmas dominance on route to a likely championship.
Despite overcoming the Hoops in the Scottish Cup at Hampden Park recently (17 April), the two consecutive Old Firm losses in the league appear to have decisively swung the title race away from Gers this year.
As announced on the PFA Scotland Twitter account, Cameron Carter-Vickers and Tom Rogic, who both scored in the 2-1 at Ibrox at the beginning of the month made it in, alongside Jota, Josip Juranovic, Callum McGregor and Kyogo Furuhashi.
Despite the abundance of Glasgow rivals involved, perhaps the best news from the announcement of the team yesterday was the inclusion of Hearts defender John Souttar, who is due to arrive at Ibrox in the summer.
The Light Blues pushed hard to bring forward his transfer to January after he signed a pre-contract at the club, but were unable to get the Jambos to budge.
Perhaps the title race would have had a different outcome had Giovanni van Bronckhorst been able to count him among the squad.
But, despite what continues to be an admirable advance through the Europa League, the overall performance in Scotland has not been good enough since the winter break.
There will need to be improvements whatever happens in Europe, and it has to be some consolation to fans, to know that they already have one of the best players in the league signed on for next season.
Despite missing games with injury, or what manager Robbie Neilson was calling injury during the January window, Souttar has contributed to the third best defensive record in the division, as Hearts find themselves as far above the pack as they do behind Gers.
He is sure to add some steel to a backline which saw sloppy errors cost them at times earlier this year.
But he will not be enough alone, as it was a lack of cutting edge in attack that was as damaging on occasion, so an eventful summer likely awaits.
In other Rangers news, the manager has shared his team news ahead of the major clash with RB Leipzig.