Rangers “head queue” in defender chase as player makes Ibrox demand
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Rangers “head queue” in defender chase as player makes Ibrox demand

Rangers are at “the head of the queue” to sign Hearts centre-back John Souttar – but the defender wants an Ibrox move this month if he opts to snub a host of English Championship sides.

The 25-year-old Jambos star is hot property with the likes of Stoke City, Nottingham Forest, Sheffield United and Blackburn Rovers topping the list of interested parties down south.

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Rangers have been mentioned extensively up north with club insider Four Lads Had a Dream and reputable journalist Chris Jack confirming the interest during the week.

With the Ibrox side now said to have launched a bid for the defender, the ball is very much in John Souttar’s court heading into the rest of the window.

According to the Daily Record, should that move turn out to be successful then John Souttar would want the move to Ibrox completed before the end of the January window.

Hearts star John Souttar wants January move if he chooses Rangers

Admitting that Rangers lead the race as things stand, if what the report is saying is true it could have wide-ranging implications on the Ibrox side’s transfer window.

Rangers would have to negotiate an agreeable fee with Hearts to engineer the early release of John Souttar from his contract.

This could cause a ripple effect regarding other business this window with the likes of Danilho Doekhi another defensive option who has been linked this January.

ROTTERDAM, NETHERLANDS – DECEMBER 18: Danilho Doekhi of Vitesse during the Dutch Eredivisie match between Sparta v Vitesse at the Sparta Stadium Het Kasteel on December 18, 2021 in Rotterdam Netherlands (Photo by Pim Waslander/Soccrates/Getty Images)

Whatever the case, it’s refreshing to read that Rangers are leading the hunt for the defender with John Souttar widely regarded as one of the hottest properties in the Scottish game at the moment.

Not only would Rangers get a talented Scotland international defender if they could strike a deal for the centre-back, but it also helps to eat into the club’s homegrown quota for European competition.

Rangers have already made one move in this window in James Sands and read what a leading American football journalist had to say about Ibrox’s newest recruit.