Hearts defender John Souttar has spoken about Rangers’ reported interest in signing him this summer – and admitted it was the first he had heard about it.

According to reports over the weekend, Souttar is being looked at by Steven Gerrard’s side ahead of a possible move across the M8 after impressing for the Jambos.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 13: John Souttar of Heart of Midlothian F.C. celebrates after scoring his team's second goal with Uche Ikpeazu of of Heart of Midlothian F.C. and Christophe Berra of Heart of Midlothian F.C. during the Scottish Cup Semi Final match between Heart of Midlothian and Inverness Caledonian Thistle at Hampden Park on April 13, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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But when asked about the reports following Hearts’ 3-0 Scottish Cup semi-final win over Inverness, Souttar insisted he was in the dark.

“I didn’t see it. I don’t tend to look at my phone on match days and it’s the first I’ve heard of it,” the Scotland international said, as quoted by the Sunday Post.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 13: John Souttar of Hearts tackles Jordan White of Inverness Caledonian Thistle during the Scottish Cup Semi Final match between Heart of Midlothian and Inverness Caledonian Thistle at Hampden Park on April 13, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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The 22-year-old signed a new deal earlier this season which will keep him at Tynecastle until the summer of 2022 but a sizeable offer may force the Jambos’ hand.

 

Souttar moved to Hearts in 2016 after making the breakthrough at Dundee United before seeing his progress stall at Tannadice.

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - OCTOBER 07: John Souttar of Heart of Midlothian vies with Alfredo Morelos of Rangers during the Scottish Ladbrokes Premiership match between Rangers and Hearts at Ibrox Stadium on October 7, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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Since moving to the capital, he has kicked on and cemented himself as one of the best defenders in the Scottish Premiership.

With Joe Worrall and Gareth McAuley both looking set for Ibrox departures this summer then bringing Souttar to Ibrox as their replacement would be ideal.