Rangers’ Deadline Day move for John Souttar couldn’t convince Hearts to part with the centre-back as the Scotland international remains at Tynecastle until the summer.

Rangers have already tied the 25-year-old centre-back down on a pre-contract but were eager to bring the player to Glasgow before the end of the transfer window.

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But stubborn Hearts refused to budge on their asking price for the defender and Rangers clearly wouldn’t be held to ransom over a player who’ll be joining them for nothing in the summer.

Rangers reportedly upped their bid to £400k for John Souttar – a fair price given the circumstances and the Gers’ third bid – but Hearts are said to have wanted closer to £600k.

This was a price alluded to by Craig Levein [BBC Sportsound] and there remains some conjecture surrounding Tynecastle demands for a sell-on clause.

Stubborn Hearts refuse to budge on John Souttar

This means that not only did Hearts reportedly want more than half a million pounds for John Souttar, but they also wanted a cut should the defender be sold on from Ibrox.

Whilst signing Souttar would’ve helped to bolster a Rangers defence that has been patched up all season long, there is not much else the club could’ve done.

It is not financially prudent for Rangers to overpay for a player they’re getting for nothing in a matter of months, nor is it sensible to provide Hearts with a sell-on clause.

But Rangers are also sending out a message that they won’t be held to ransom and whilst Hearts are well within their rights to stand firm, they can’t have their cake and eat it.

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Something tells us they’re going to be mighty annoyed come the summer when John Souttar moves to Rangers for nothing but they can have no-one to blame but themselves.

Meanwhile, a leading Rangers insider has shot down claims the Gers had a bid “rejected” for another player on Deadline Day.

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