Rangers’ interest in Hearts defender John Souttar has been given a boost following the news that the Edinburgh side is looking at MLS player Stuart Findlay as a possible replacement for the Scotland international [ScottishSun].

With Souttar’s contract expiring at the end of the season, Rangers have been linked with the defender for quite some time [DailyRecord], although the Ibrox side faces stiff competition from several Championship clubs.

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Rangers could be the best move for John Souttar

Sheffield Utd, Blackburn Rovers, and Nottingham Forest are all keen on the Scotsman according to The Herald, although a move to Rangers would surely be the most logical choice for Souttar, with the incentive of Champions League football surely a better alternative to featuring in the Championship.

As Hearts prepare to lose arguably one of their finest performers this season, either this month or in the summer, they have been stepping up the recruitment process to find a suitable replacement.

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Robbie Neilson has targeted Findlay, who plays for Philadelphia Union in the MLS, to slot into the space that Souttar will vacate.

The former Kilmarnock defender moved to America in February 2021 yet has struggled to impose himself in the side and a return to Scotland may be a good move.

Like Souttar, there is interest south of the border for the 26-year-old, with the likes of Preston, Blackpool and Portsmouth all reportedly interested in securing the services of the player [FootballInsider].

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With the January transfer window in full swing, it hopefully isn’t long before Giovanni van Bronckhorst makes his second Rangers signing, with the chances of it being John Souttar increasing with every passing day.

Meanwhile, another Rangers-linked player has given the Ibrox side a possible blow after featuring for his team during their FA Cup defeat at the weekend.

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