By Ben Dinnery

6th Oct, 2022 | 12:11pm

Medical insider: John Souttar 'gamble' has 'backfired' as Rangers surgery details revealed

Rangers knew John Souttar’s injury record before they signed him from Hearts but took a “gamble” that now appears to have “backfired”.

That is the view of medical expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in injury and data analysis.

Souttar, 26, signed a pre-contract agreement with Rangers in January before completing the switch in the summer.

The centre-back has a history of ankle injuries dating back to 2019 and missed 14 games for Hearts last term because of the issue.

The problem has stretched into 2022-23 and has meant he has turned out just once for his new club.

As quoted by Sky Sports last Saturday (1 October), Gers boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst revealed that Souttar will now be out of action until after the World Cup following another operation on his ankle.

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Dinnery claims that the Glasgow giants will have been well aware of the risks before they signed the defender.

“All things considered, it’s a gamble because you have to look at the pros and cons when recruiting a player,” he told Football Insider’s Adam Williams.

“As a supporter, you might be frustrated because you want him in the first team. The club will be fully aware of that.

“There might have been a differentiating issue in terms of the timeline, but it’s not always about short-termism that supporters want. Clubs are investing more over the long term.

“You make a judgement call and hope that it pans out and works okay. Unfortunately, up until this point, it appears that it has backfired.

“There are no guarantees when it comes to injury, but you have to remain optimistic that things pan out as you’d like them too.”

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