Rangers manager Gio van Bronkhorst ‘hasn’t closed the door’ on a move for Hearts star John Souttar but the defender has opened negotiations with Blackburn, according to the Daily Record.

Rangers have been linked with Souttar for some time and The Scottish Sun reported last month that the Gers and Celtic were both keen on a swoop, with his contract up at the end of the season.

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However, it’s been clear for some time that a number of English clubs are also circling.

Last week, Lancs Live reported that Stoke City were in ‘pole position’ to snap him up, but now it seems that Blackburn have pulled ahead.

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The Daily Record reports that the Ewood Park outfit have opened pre-contract negotiations with the 25-year-old.

It’s then suggested that Rangers are still monitoring the situation and could make a move at some stage, even though their initial interest came during Steven Gerrard’s tenure.

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Blackburn open talks with Rangers-linked player

With his injury issues now behind him, Souttar has been in impressive form so far this season.

He’s been a key part of a Hearts side flying high in their first season back in the Premiership and he returned to the Scotland team with a bang last month with a goal against Denmark.

It’s no surprise that there’s interest in him south of the border as well as from the Old Firm and with Hearts now resigned to losing him, it’s time to act.

If negotiations are in fact open with Blackburn, Rangers don’t have long to get a proposal of their own on the table and any delays at this point will likely ensure that he heads elsewhere.

The Gers are in need of reinforcements at the back with Connor Goldson and Leon Balogun out of contract at the end of the season, and Jack Simpson’s days at Ibrox looking numbered.

Souttar is a good age, has excellent knowledge of the league and his contract situation makes him a cheap option.

Meanwhile, a reported Rangers target made a costly error in a Championship match on Monday.

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