Rangers transfer target John Souttar is ready to snub interest from Sheffield United and Blackburn Rovers to move to Ibrox, according to the Scottish Sun.
The Gers have been linked with the Hearts defender since well before the current window [Scottish Sun] and on Tuesday, STV’s Raman Bhardwaj claimed that Souttar had narrowed his choice down to Rangers and two English Championship clubs.
Souttar to choose Rangers over Sheffield United and Blackburn
The Scottish Sun have now gone further, though, naming the two EFL clubs as Sheffield United and Blackburn and asserting that the player favours a move to Ibrox.
It’s claimed that the 25-year-old has already been on tours of the training facilities on offer at the English clubs, but that things changed when he became aware that Rangers’ interest remained despite the departure of Steven Gerrard.
With Rangers now possible frontrunners in the transfer race, it’s asserted that Souttar could make his preferred destination known to Hearts by the end of the week.
At that point, the Jambos will have to decide whether to hold onto him until the end of the season and lose him for free or sell him for a fee this month.
Good news for Rangers fans?
This is a big boost for Rangers, given the ongoing uncertainty surrounding a number of first-team defenders.
Connor Goldson and Leon Balogun are out of contract at the end of the season, Jack Simpson has been linked with a move away and Niko Katic doesn’t appear to have a future at Ibrox.
Therefore, it’s important that this transfer window is used to put plans in place and Ross Wilson and co. are doing just that.
The loan signing of the versatile James Sands from NYCFC, who can play centre-back or right-back, was a good early move and Souttar is another strong option.
He’s a good age, has excellent knowledge of the league, has been in excellent form so far this season and is hopefully over his injury woes for good.