Rangers could be tempted by a January move for Hearts defender John Souttar, according to a report, as the Tynecastle star enters the final months of his contract in Gorgie.
Souttar has been linked with Bosman moves to Stoke City and Blackburn Rovers this summer by the Daily Mail but various outlets also suggest Rangers are keen on a move for the Scotland defender.
While Stoke and Blackburn are said to be happy to wait to sign a pre-contract, Rangers could invoke memories of Glen Kamara’s Ibrox signing by agreeing a pre-contract then negotiating a cut-price fee to bring him to Glasgow a few months earlier than planned.
Souttar’s homegrown status as a Scottish-trained player for European games would definitely work in his favour given the Gers have had to leave a few spots in the 25-man UEFA list empty.
However, the defender’s injury problems would be a real concern and he would need to prove he is over the worst of them before Rangers can seriously consider making a move for the former Dundee United youngster.
With the likes of Jack Simposn struggling to really find his feet, both Connor Goldson and Leon Balogun out of contract in the summer and Niko Katic out on loan in Croatia, Rangers seem certain to be in the market for at least one new defender in the coming months.
A repeat of the success of Glen Kamara’s move would be exactly what Rangers fans are hoping for and Souttar could well prove to be one of Rangers’ big targets in the near future.