By Dr Rajpal Brar

28th Apr, 2023 | 12:10pm

We’re delighted to welcome injury expert Dr Rajpal Brar as our exclusive columnist. Each week he’ll be giving his views on the injury situation at Rangers...

Rangers defender John Souttar risks future injury issues after he hid truth from the club’s physios to return to action sooner, claims Rajpal Brar.

The injury expert believes that while professional players do such things in order to play more, it can have knock-on effects leading to problems further down the road.

Souttar admitted recently via the Daily Record [March 2023], that he kept Gers’ medical staff in the dark as he was nursing an ankle injury.

He also admitted that he shouldn’t have played the opening game of the season for the club which is what led to him being ruled out for months.

Discussing his situation exclusively with Ibrox News, Brar, a doctor in physical therapy and a sports scientist, said “Unfortunately, it’s something that does happen and typically leads to knock-on effects, whether that’s longer time out or potential issues down the road.

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At the same time, one can understand why he did it as he felt the need to play after being transferred to Rangers and his mentality was one of just battling through pain.

Pro athletes put themselves through a lot and expect a lot from themselves but hopefully, it’s a valuable lesson for him.”

Souttar also had lost his brother two weeks before the opening game of the season and was clearly not in the best mental or physical condition for that game.

However, he now appears to have recovered well and has featured in April’s games against Dundee United, Celtic, St Mirren and Aberdeen.

Given Conor Goldson’s injury, he has partnered Ben Davies at the heart of defence for Michael Beale’s side.

In other Rangers news, the club are clearly playing a sick joke with their supporters after they made an announcement about a senior player this week.