By Adefunmiloye Alani

17th Nov, 2021 | 12:40pm

John Souttar placed on January transfer list for next Rangers boss

Hearts centre-back John Souttar has been placed on a list of available options for the new Rangers manager to consider, according to the Scottish Daily Mail.

The Scotland international, 25, was the hero as Steve Clarke’s men clinched a spot as seeds in the World Cup play-offs following their 2-0 win over Denmark on Monday, and he is a wanted man in the MLS and the English Championship.

Alongside Rangers, Stoke City, Blackburn Rovers and Middlesbrough are also interested in Souttar, and he could be snapped in January for less than £500,000 as his deal expires at the end of the campaign.

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With Connor Goldson yet to sign a new deal as he enters the last six months of his deal, and Leon Balogun also out of contract in the summer, the Bears could be in need of defensive reinforcements very soon.

The Dutchman is expected to succeed Steven Gerrard, and one of the first transfer decisions he could be making is whether Rangers should sign the former Dundee United star.

Souttar has bounced back from two career-threatening injuries to earn a Scotland recall, and the Ibrox outfit could do with such a character.

He has been a mainstay for Hearts since overcoming his Achilles tendon hell, and while moving to England could be tempting, the chance to win domestic silverware and play Champions League football with Rangers could be more appealing.

Van Bronkhorst, if appointed as expected, will have the final say, and he is likely to approve after what everyone has seen Souttar do so far.

In other Rangers news, The Athletic has shared if billionaire wants to buy the Bears after major development this month.