Rangers media partners Heart & Hand have refuted the claim that Arsenal dealt the Gers a transfer blow regarding Harry Clarke.
On Wednesday, the Scottish Sun reported that Rangers had attempted to sign Clarke from Arsenal following his impressive few months on loan at Ross County earlier this season.
It was asserted that an approach from the Gers was rejected before the Gunners sent the young defender to Hibernian on an 18-month loan deal.
Arsenal didn’t deal Rangers transfer blow
However, Heart & Hand have responded to the story, presumably after consulting the club, and have denied that Rangers were ever interested in Clarke.
‘Not true. Never been on Rangers radar,’ wrote the Heart & Hand Twitter account in response to the article.
‘I think it’s pretty clear which CH Rangers want to bring in this window.’
The second line is likely a reference to Hearts’ John Souttar or Danilho Doekhi of Vitesse.
Both centre-backs have been extensively linked with moves to Ibrox, whereas there had been no links to Clarke prior to the story in question.
The Scottish Sun also reported on Wednesday that Souttar could now be favouring Rangers over the likes of Sheffield United and Blackburn Rovers, and The Herald have since reported that the Light Blues ‘look to have won the race’ to sign the Scotland international.
Clarke may have been a decent option as he’s young, athletic and capable of covering at both centre-back and right-back, but Souttar is a much more experienced performer and would be an excellent addition to the current squad if he can continue to keep injuries at bay.
He was a key part of Hearts’ strong form during the first half of the season and given that he’s still only 25, there’s every chance that he’s not yet the finished article.