Rangers face competition from Sheffield Utd over in-demand star
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Rangers face competition from Sheffield Utd over in-demand star

Rangers look like they will have to battle it out with a host of clubs as the chase for John Souttar heats up, with English Championship side Sheffield Utd joining the hunt for the defender’s signature according to the Daily Record.

Rangers have been linked with the 25-year-old for a while now [DailyRecord] and with the player out of contract at the end of the season, a pre-contract agreement would be the most sensible move.

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Will the Championship tempt John Souttar?

Although Rangers would be the logical move for Souttar, the allure of the Championship and the prospect of featuring in the Premier League may be a deal-breaker.

With Stoke and Blackburn chasing the signature of the Scotland international, now Sheffield Utd boss Paul Heckingbottom has confirmed his interest after missing out on Fleetwood defender James Hill who signed for Bournemouth.

With Hearts likely to accept a fee during the January transfer window, then the onus is on Rangers to secure his signature quickly.

Souttar has been in excellent form this campaign for Hearts, and this was recognised when he was called up for the national team for the last two World Cup qualifiers, even scoring in a fantastic 2-0 win over group leaders Denmark.

There is no doubt he would add quality and depth to the Rangers backline. With Connor Goldson perhaps entering his final six months as a Rangers player, and the likes of Niko Katic and Jack Simpson on the periphery, the signing makes sense.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst has already made a statement of intent after signing USA international James Sands on an 18-month loan deal.

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Will more signings follow? It looks set to be an interesting couple of weeks.

Meanwhile, Rangers look like they will receive an Old Firm boost as several Celtic players will miss the crunch tie.