Rangers-linked Hearts defender continued his fine form with the Jambos after scoring a stunning strike in the eventual 1-1 draw with Dundee at Tynecastle.
Souttar, 25, has had an awful time of it with injuries in recent seasons but has started this campaign fully fit and has been a major part of Hearts’ early-season form.
🚀 John Souttar fires Hearts into the lead against Dundee at Tynecastle Park. pic.twitter.com/K9fEfXxfnA
— Heart of Midlothian FC (@JamTarts) October 23, 2021
After the ball was rolled back to him in the first half of the match against Dundee, the defender curls it expertly into the far corner in a finish befitting a leading striker let alone a centre-back.
It’s a sign of the quality the Hearts’ number 4 has and it’ll certainly have piqued the interest of one or two clubs already linked to the player.
Rangers have been linked with Souttar – who is out of contract come the end of the season – alongside Old Firm rivals Celtic and English Championship clubs Stoke City and Blackburn Rovers [Sunday Mail]. There’s even talk of a potential cut-price January deal.
Hearts manager Robbie Neilson is obviously determined to keep the player around and said as much to BBC Sportsound after the game.
Hearts “would love” Rangers-linked star to stay
“Obviously we would love for John to stay here,” said Neilson.
“He’s been a key player for us this season.
“He’s had a couple of years out injured and we hope we can get him tied up so the fans can see him be the player he is, because we know he’s a top player. He showed that again today.”
Whilst the Jambos might’ve dropped two points to Dundee this weekend – courtesy of a late Jason Cumming equaliser – they remain the only unbeaten club in the Scottish Premiership this season.
That draw gives Rangers the chance to go three points clear in the Scottish Premiership if they can beat St Mirren and it comes after the Gers were held by Hearts last weekend.
We suspect that links to Souttar will persist until his contract situation is resolved but given his form this season he certainly doesn’t look a bad option for the Gers.
Speaking of centre-back contract dilemmas, Hearts aren’t the only ones with issues involving a key defender.