By Daniel Feliciano

14th Jan, 2022 | 4:10pm

John Souttar 'passes Rangers medical' as transfer edges closer - Chris Jack

John Souttar has passed his Rangers medical as a free transfer deal edges closer to completion, according to journalist Chris Jack.

The Hearts defender has entered the final six months of his contract and has been free to speak to clubs about a move since the turn of the year.

After interest from ten English Championship clubs [Daily Record], it seems as though Rangers have ultimately won the race however with Herald Sport journalist Jack reporting that the 25-year-old has passed his medical.

The lure of Champions League football seems to be the deciding factor in Souttar’s decision and the Ibrox side can now focus on trying to get him to join the club this month.

Big move

It’s a positive for Rangers that Souttar’s medical has come back all clear, with the player having suffered from three ruptured achilles injuries in the past.

But after a largely injury-free 12 months, he has returned to top form and earned himself a move to a top side.

Souttar has been described as ‘fantastic‘ in the past and it was believed he would be an signing who could play for either Rangers or Celtic.

He was one of Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s top defensive targets for this month with the futures of Conor Goldson, Leon Balogun, Jack Simpson and Niko Katic up in the air.

But with a deal set to be completed imminently now, Rangers can turn their attentions elsewhere for the rest of the window knowing they’ve got their man.

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