By Daniel Feliciano

11th Jan, 2022 | 3:32pm

John Souttar narrows down choices for transfer, Rangers involved - report

John Souttar has narrowed down his decision to Rangers and two Championship clubs for a pre-contract agreement, according to STV journalist Raman Bhardwaj.

Souttar has been heavily linked with a transfer away from Tynecastle after rejecting a new contract at Hearts and entering the final six months of his deal.

Rangers are said to have already ‘made a move’ for the 25-year-old defender [Glasgow Times], while there were up to ten Championship clubs interested in acquiring him too.

According to Bhardwaj of STV Sport though, Souttar has now narrowed his choices down to the Scottish champions and two unnamed Championship sides and is due to make a decision this week.

Tweeting from his personal account, the journalist said; “Jon Souttar has narrowed down his choice to Rangers and two English Championship clubs as to who he’ll sign a pre-contract with. He’s set to make a decision this week. A host of clubs are interested in the Hearts defender.”

Convincing

The fact Rangers are still in the race for the ‘fantastic‘ Souttar’s signature when he’s narrowed it down to three teams shows that he maybe isn’t as convinced about moving south of the border as has been suggested.

Rangers are able to offer regular first-team football, a trophy challenge every season for the title and more often than not they’ll be taking part in European football too.

Financially the offers from England may be more appealing to him, but it seems as though he is a fan of the Rangers project and has taken it under serious consideration.

A decision being expected this week for a pre-contract is good as it means Rangers can make plans for if it doesn’t go their way, while if it does they could try to strike a deal with Hearts to get the deal done early and bring him in this month.

Souttar is a very wanted man, so Rangers winning this race would be seen as a huge positive for the club’s recruitment department and he would certainly provide an upgrade to their playing squad too as they push for a second Premiership title in two seasons.

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