Michael Stewart has criticised new Rangers defender John Souttar on BBC’s Sportscene on Saturday evening, despite a 2-1 win over Livingston. Souttar made his debut for the Gers, but did not last the entire 90 minutes.

Joining Rangers on a pre-contract arrangement from Hearts, Souttar finally made his competitive debut on Saturday at the Tony Macaroni Stadium. But Jon Nouble got the better of Souttar, opening the scoring for Livi.

Nouble outmuscled and turned Souttar before chipping Jon McLaughlin. Rangers did eventually overturn the deficit and win 2-1, thanks to two quick-fire goals in the final 20 from Scott Arfield and James Tavernier.

But Souttar’s afternoon was not a good one and he was replaced on 67 minutes by James Sands. Stewart was not impressed with the defender’s debut, even suggesting playing alongside £5m-rated (FS) Borna Barisic did not help.

“It is clear for everyone to see, Souttar has got to do better. He gets spun, and outmuscled. When he came back from injury [at Hearts], he was playing on the right of a back three – very good,” Stewart said.

“He’s gone to a new club, in a back four, on the left side, and with a left-back who is not the best defensively. All those things have led to an uncomfortable debut for Souttar. But he is very good and I hope he gets the time to bed in.”

Stewart has criticised Rangers defender Souttar despite Livingston win

It was a poor start for Souttar. But Stewart might be correct in saying that the defender is used to playing on the right of a back three. At Rangers, he will have to get used to playing on the left of a partnership of two.

Connor Goldson is too valuable as a right-sided centre-back for Souttar to overtake him. So, the only option is for Souttar to improve. Or Gio van Bronckhorst may turn to fellow new signing Ben Davies, who is left-footed.

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