Former Hearts manager Craig Levein thinks Rangers have got the “steal of the century” in signing John Souttar on a pre-contract from the Jambos – and confessed he’s “glad” the Scotland defender is heading across the M8.
Souttar will move to Ibrox in the summer when his contract ends and Levein thinks if the defender wants to end his career with some medals then moving to Rangers is the right choice.
Levein had previously claimed in 2019 that Souttar was unlikely to want to join the Gers – albeit with a certain mischievous twinkle as he made his way out of a press conference – and believes Souttar has made the “right decision” in joining Rangers.
“It’s the steal of the century,” Levein said [Scottish Sun].
“But I don’t think anyone can blame John for making this decision given everything he’s been through.
“I had similar injury problems so I completely understand his decision to take this opportunity to secure the future for him and his family.
“Yes, I am a Hearts supporter and a big part of me would have loved it had he stayed at the club.
“But when you’ve had the types of injuries he’s had you don’t know when the curtain will come down.
“In a way I’m glad he’s gone to Rangers too from the point of view that he’ll have the chance to win some trophies. That’s something I never managed in my career.
“If he then wants to go down to England after that then I’m sure he’ll get that opportunity if he continues his progression.
“I’ve had a couple of conversations with him and it was definitely a big decision for him to make. But I think he’s made the right one.”
Souttar could still move to Ibrox this month if Hearts demands are met – although with Hearts fans currently piling on the defender on social media, it likely won’t be hard.
Getting the Scotland international to Ibrox this month would be a shrewd bit of business, even if it means spending the £500k Hearts want to let him go immediately.