As Rangers prepare to face off against Hearts this weekend there will be more than a few eyes on a player who was only in the last week linked with a move to Ibrox.

The Jambos are the Gers’ closest challengers this season and much of that has been down to the good form of highly-rated centre-half John Souttar.

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John Souttar has been hugely influential for Hearts this season. (Photo by Steve Welsh/Getty Images)

Long considered on of the best defenders in the country, the 25-year-old’s career to date has been hampered by significant injury problems.

But that hasn’t stopped Rangers being linked to the player as his contract runs down at Tynecastle this season.

Souttar has been on fine form for the Jambos – even scoring the winner against Celtic in Hearts’ opening day 2-1 victory in Edinburgh – and has been heavily involved for the side this season.

According to the Mail on Sunday, Souttar is being watched by the powers that be at Ibrox along with a host of English Championship clubs including Stoke City and Blackburn Rovers.

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Hearts star has extensive history of injury problems

First capped by Scotland in 2018, Souttar’s injury problems began with an ankle problem sustained during his time at Dundee United which kept him out for three months in 2014.

 

Souttar would then suffer a reputed Achilles tendon against Celtic in 16/17 – ending his season – before a hip problem was aggravated on international duty after John made a comeback.

After missing much of the 19/20 season due to an ankle injury, Souttar would remarkably then rupture the other Achilles tendon in a match against Rangers.

With his career on the brink, Souttar has battled back and is now making a name for himself as one of the most talented defenders in the Premiership.

John Souttar has had three caps for the Scotland international side. (Photo by James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images)

Whilst we can’t confirm if Rangers are interested or not if the Hearts vice-captain can stay fit then on a pre-contract agreement this move wouldn’t be the worst move for the Gers.

Fans should get the chance to make their own judgment first hand when the Edinburgh side rolls into town this weekend.

Especially considering one of the club’s leading defensive players still hasn’t signed a contract of his own as an international dilemma presents a difficult choice.

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