Rangers have “vested interest” in Scotland international as bid launched
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Rangers have “vested interest” in Scotland international as bid launched

Rangers have a “vested interest” in signing Hearts defender and Scotland international John Souttar, with a fresh report claiming the Gers have launched a bid for the player.

The Gers have been extensively linked with a move for John Souttar in the months running up to the window with a host of Championship clubs such as Blackburn Rovers and Stoke City also mentioned.

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Old Firm rivals Celtic are another name who have been credited with an interest in the 25-year-old Tynecastle star, who is out of contract at the end of the season and is now free to negotiate a deal elsewhere.

But Rangers’ interest in John Souttar heated up this week when club insider Four Lads Had a Dream confirmed that the Gers were interested.

The popular blogger made the revelation in his most recent transfer update – available to view HERE – as he claimed Rangers had a “vested interest” in John Souttar.

The blogger – who is known to have close links to Rangers – also revealed there is potential for a Scott Wright-like January switch should a pre-contract deal be agreed.

However, Four Lads reiterate that the move is anything but done with the player likely to have much more “lucrative” offers south of the border.

Rangers “make move” for Scotland international Hearts defender John Souttar

Rangers’ interest was then compounded by a report from Glasgow Times journalist Chris Jack – another with close ties to the club – who claimed Rangers had made their move for John Souttar.

The report claims Rangers will now try and stave off Championship interest to sign the defender with the club facing competition from Sheffield United, Blackburn Rovers and Nottingham Forest.

Chris Jack also claims that Rangers face a series of challenges at centre-back in the months to come with Jack Simpson set to leave in January and Connor Goldson likely to leave in the summer.

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Leon Balogun’s contract is also up at the end of the season whilst Jack claims Niko Katic doesn’t appear to have a future at Ibrox.

Rangers have already moved on a defensive signing this window as the Gers sign 21-year-old utility man James Sands on an 18-month-loan deal from New York City FC.

That move appears to have upset the apple cart a little as the player whose squad number he’s taken up takes down all of his Instagram posts.