Rangers-bound defender John Souttar has bid farewell to Hearts ahead of his impending move to Ibrox – with one of his now-former Hearts teammates admitting they are sad to see him leave after he “saved” his career with the Jambos.

Souttar posted a simple ‘Thanks for everything’ on his personal Instagram account as his time at Tynecastle comes to an end following yesterday’s Scottish Cup final.

Among the replies were a glowing tribute to the defender from Hearts captain Craig Gordon, calling him an “inspiration and a great role model” to everyone at the club.

“Sorry to see you go,” Gordon replied. “You gave everything to Hearts. You saved your career through hard work and determination. You have been an inspiration and great role model for every player, young and old at our club. You will be missed by everyone on and off the field.”

Souttar’s Hampden performance seems to have won over critics among Rangers fans

Souttar was the best player in maroon during yesterday’s Scottish Cup final and the defender seems to have silenced some critics of his move to Rangers.

Despite limited games recently because of injury, the Ibrox-bound star was a colossus in defence as Hearts frustrated Rangers for long spells of the game.

With Connor Goldson looking like he’s on the way out of Ibrox this summer, Souttar could be an ideal replacement at the heart of Rangers’ defence.

Read our match report as Rangers lifted the Scottish Cup at Hampden for the first time since 2009

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