Rangers interest in John Souttar leaves Hearts star with 'huge' decision
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Rangers interest in John Souttar leaves Hearts star with 'huge' decision

Former Rangers and Hearts defender Dave McPherson thinks the Gers’ reported interest in Jambos star John Souttar “isn’t a surprise” and believes that the Scotland defender has shown in the past he can handle the step up a move to Ibrox would bring.

Souttar has been linked with a number of sides south of the border, as well as Rangers, as he enters the final months of his contract at Tynecastle – with the Scotland international mulling over what McPherson admits will be a “huge” decision for him.

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Slim believes Souttar’s recent performances for club and country show he’s in a “good place” just now – although he was warned it won’t be easy for him if he decides to make the move across the M8 and swap Gorgie for Govan.

“It’s a huge decision for John to make and one I’m sure he’ll take his time over,” McPherson said [Daily Record].

“He has done really well this season after bouncing back from a series of injuries that a lot of players would struggle to overcome. His form has been excellent.

“Rangers’ interest isn’t a surprise. John is a modern day defender, good on the ball, can pass it from the back, has a good size about him and doesn’t get ruffled easily.

“He is a player that a lot of clubs were looking at before his injuries and I’m not surprised there’s even more now.

“He doesn’t seem to get fazed by anything on the park.

“But if you are going to step up a level from Hearts to Rangers or a club down south then the expectation is there to perform week in week out.

“He’s done that this season for Hearts but it would be another test at Ibrox if that’s where he chooses to go and it’s not easy.

“He seems to have the temperament to handle it. Breaking into the Scotland squad shows that as well.

“I was delighted to see him score against Denmark. I was just delighted to see Scotland score to be honest!

“That performance and goal will only have been good for his confidence though and John is in a good place for club and country right now.”

Souttar expected to leave Hearts – but will he join Rangers?

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The Hearts star is widely expected to leave Hearts in the near future – either later this month or in the summer when his contract ends – and he would be a shrewd signing for the Light Blues.

With Nathan Patterson’s arrival further reducing Rangers’ homegrown numbers for the Europa League, Souttar would bolster that slightly by counting as one of four domestically-trained players in the European squad.

Question marks over the long-term future of Connor Goldson will also have Rangers looking at possible signings in defence and an injury-free Souttar would be a strong addition to the squad at Ibrox.

The arrival of James Sands could be the catalyst for more players to join the club, as interest heats up in a defender plying his trade in the Eredivisie.