Hearts defender John Souttar had been linked to Rangers in the days running up to the Scottish Premiership clash and the centre-back showed why with a solid enough performance at Ibrox.

Ex-Dundee United defender Souttar, 25, has had a difficult time with injuries in recent seasons but has recovered well to help inspire the Jambos’ impressive unbeaten start to the season.

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

Whilst John and his teammates were up against it for much of the game against Rangers they held firm to rescue a 1-1 draw despite a host of spurned Gers chances.

Scotland international Souttar impressed with an impassioned if not remarkable display and fans will be following the player’s situation closely with his contract up this summer.

Hearts will be well aware of the player’s situation and Rangers were linked with a move last week as issues begin to mount at centre-back for Steven Gerrard.

Filip Helander is out until least December, whilst George Edmundson has left the club and Niko Katic is with Hajduk Split on loan.

Leon Balogun, 33, cannot be expected to play every match – unlike Connor Goldson – whilst doubts remain surrounding ex-Bournemouth defender Jack Simpson.

John Souttar can bolster Rangers backline

Souttar would represent a cost-effective option who could bolster the Gers backline with genuine quality and physicality if he can prove his worst problems are behind him.

The player has been linked with a move to Rangers by the Sunday Mail who have also claimed the likes of Stoke City and Blackburn Rovers are interested.

For a Rangers side in need of reinforcements in the centre-back position, a move for the highly-rated Scottish Premiership star could be a cheap and cost-effective one for the club.

Not only that, but at 25 Souttar still has room to develop and may become a key asset for the club if he can make the step up from Tynecastle to Ibrox.

John Souttar isn’t the only Hearts player being mentioned alongside Rangers as an Everton loanee also catches the eye at Ibrox.

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