Rangers announced the signing of Hearts defender John Souttar on a pre-contract agreement. The Scotland international was wanted by a number of clubs including Blackburn Rovers. Souttar hopes to secure a permanent deal this month itself. He has made 150 appearances for Hearts after joining Dundee United six years ago. Souttar has had an injury-riddled season making just two appearances.
“We are really looking forward to John joining Rangers and continuing his development under Gio, our coaching and support staff,” a club statement from Rangers announcing the signing of John Souttar said. “John is a full Scotland international and has so much potential ahead for the coming years. I have really enjoyed getting to know John across all of our conversations so far and I can see how excited he and his family are to be joining Rangers. We are equally excited to welcome John to Ibrox.”
“Heart of Midlothian Football Club notes Rangers Football Club’s announcement of John Souttar’s pre-contract signing,” Hearts said in a statement. “The club reiterates that John is an important member of the first-team squad and will remain so until the end of the season unless a significant and satisfactory offer is made during the January transfer window. He is a key player who will hopefully help us finish as high up the league as we can and go as far as we can in the cup, so you have to balance off the two sides of it and say ‘what is keeping him [until the end of the season] worth?’, and ‘what is a transfer worth?’.”