First Team

Souttar: Capable of more

21st August 2017

Defender pleased with Ibrox point but insists team can achieve more.

John Souttar admitted Hearts were capable of more than they showed at Ibrox on Saturday, but was content with taking a point from the match.

The defender came closest to breaking the deadlock, when his thunderous strike from distance crashed back off the crossbar in the first half, and after the match he explained that he’d never hit a ball so sweetly in his life before.

“We were glad to get the point today,” said Souttar. “We know we can play better, without question, but it’s away from home and another clean sheet, so it’s a good point.

“I thought it was in all the way,” he smiled. “It’s probably the best strike I’ve ever hit in my life, maybe the best I ever will hit. We were under the cosh a bit at the time, so I thought I’d give it a go.”

Souttar also confirmed that the players were thoroughly enjoying working under interim head coach Jon Daly, as he praised the work the Irishman has been putting in on the training ground.

“We’re a committed bunch, and Jon’s made us really hard to beat. It helps that he’s been around the club for so long, so he knows everyone really well.

“Obviously, it’s always tough when you’ve got an interim manager, but we’re enjoying working we him, and the players respect him so when he speaks, everyone listens to what he has to say.”

Finally, John had some positive words about central defensive partner Christophe Berra, with the Hearts skipper putting in a superb display alongside Souttar in keeping Hearts’ first Ibrox shut-out in ten years.

“Christophe’s been great with me,” he enthused. “I’ve already learned a lot in a short time with him, and I felt we were both comfortable today in a difficult environment. We did well, and we deserved our point today.”