By Mike Slater

14th Jan, 2022 | 9:00pm

Giovanni van Bronckhorst desperate for Rangers to make John Souttar deal permanent in January

Giovanni van Bronckhorst is desperate for Rangers to sign Hearts defender John Souttar permanently in January, according to the Daily Record.

The newspaper has reported in their print edition (14 January) that the Dutchman would “love” to have Souttar through the doors at Ibrox.

Souttar is poised to sign a pre-contract with the Champions, with Chris Jack even reporting he has already passed his medical.

Van Bronckhorst has moved quickly to make his defence the priority in this January window and looks to have passed that onto Ross Wilson.

The Ibrox director always plans ahead, and this area of the squad is on the verge of hitting a critical period.

Connor Goldson and Leon Balogun are into the final six months of their contracts at the club and have not gotten any closer to signing an extension.

On top of that, Jack Simpson and Nikola Katic are expected to be shown the exit door meaning four spaces could open up in the summer.

Masterclass.

Rangers have used the Bosman market perfectly in recent years.

Joe Aribo arrived on a pre-contract, with Scott Wright also signing one last season to join from Aberdeen – something we brought forward by paying a fee in January.

Souttar is said to fancy a move to Ibrox as early as possible, but Robbie Neilson recently admitted that it would take “crazy” money for that to happen.

Van Bronckhorst looks as though he will be pushing for this one, and with the Nathan Patterson money there to spend, it will be hard for the board to turn him down – get it done.

In other Rangers news, an official club partner has fired back at Tom English after his latest bitter jibe at the Bears