By Mike Slater

30th Jul, 2022 | 2:15pm

Michael Stewart shares John Souttar 'Scrutiny' live on BBC after Rangers win v Livingston

Michael Stewart has shared that there will be heavy scrutiny facing John Souttar after Rangers got their season underway with a 2-1 win at Livingston.

The BBC pundit was not impressed as the defender was easily shrugged aside by Joel Nouble to give the home side the lead after sloppiness from Borna Barisic too.

Stewart believes going from a system with three central defenders to only two could see him struggle massively as he gets used to it at Ibrox under Giovanni van Bronckhorst.

Speaking live on the BBC, as shared on their live blog [13:03], Stewart singled out what could be one of the big issues facing the new signing at Ibrox.

“John Souttar is a top player but he’s going from the right side of a back three at Hearts to playing left in a two,” he said.

“There will be scrutiny because he wasn’t good enough in the one v one situation that led to the goal.”


It wasn’t the best of starts for Souttar.

Of course, the new system will take time to get used to, but that is what pre-season is for and there were enough opportunities for the defender to gel.

Nouble turned Souttar far too easily and the worrying sign is our new big centre-half got rolled like that, but as the weeks go on, we expect him to settle.

The former Hearts man can dominate the Scottish Premiership if he stays fit, we have seen that for years now, so one game into the new season is far too early to judge.

Clean sheets will start to come, and he will be full of confidence if we can go to Belgium and pick up in a win in our Champions League qualifying first-leg on Tuesday.

Van Bronckhorst will stand by his big defensive signing, and we expect that will bring out his confidence and skill with each passing week and we can’t wait for more.

In other Rangers news, Ross Wilson now has names lined up just in case Alfredo Morelos seals his exit this summer