Christophe Berra returned to Hearts last summer eight years after he left Tynecastle for a spell south of the border – and it’s like he’s never been away.
The 33-year-old club captain has been absolutely sensational for Hearts this season and it was absolutely no surprise when he was named the Scottish Premiership side’s Player of the Year on Monday.
If there was a better free signing in all of Scotland this season, we are yet to see it.
And the fact that Berra has walked home with Hearts’ annual gong only rubs salt into the wounds of Rangers, who should be very disappointed now to have missed out on the chance to bring the Scotland international centre-back to Ibrox last summer.
Edinburgh News claimed that Rangers were very keen to sign Berra when his contract at Ipswich Town expired – but the pull of returning to Hearts proved to be too strong.
And while Berra and 21-year-old John Souttar, named Hearts’ Young Player of the Year, have formed a formidable defensive partnership at the Edinburgh club, Rangers’ defensive options have looked a little suspect all season.
Bruno Alves, Russell Martin and Fabio Cardoso have all looked shaky since arriving at Ibrox and could only dream to perform with the same consistency and reliability of Berra.