By Mike Slater

14th Jan, 2022 | 5:10pm

John Souttar verbally agrees long-term Rangers contract, announcement imminent - report

John Souttar has verbally agreed to a long-term contract with Rangers, according to the Edinburgh News.

The outlet have reported on their website that the Bears will announce the major pre-contract signing imminently.

Souttar is said to have agreed to a pre-contract at Ibrox after meeting Giovanni van Bronckhorst and Ross Wilson for talks.

The lure of Champions League football is said to have won Souttar over, who had interest from south of the border in England.

Souttar is also said to have already passed his medical, with pen-to-paper on this verbally agreed deal surely coming very soon.

The defender is now heading west to Glasgow, but it is down to Rangers to agree on a fee with Hearts to turn this pre-contract summer move into an immediate one.

Hearts only paid £120,000 for the 25-year-old, so can’t expect more than £500,000 at this moment in time with only six months left on his Tynecastle deal.

Get it done.

There is no excuse for Rangers not to get this one over the line immediately, although it may take the remaining two weeks of the window to haggle the price down.

Robbie Neilson insisting it would take a “crazy” offer is surely just a scare tactic, and Hearts would not turn down money right now for a player they could lose for nothing.

Souttar would get guaranteed minutes at Ibrox too, with Calvin Basey having to fill in for the injuries to Leon Balogun and Filip Helander in recent months.

The 25-year-old may need to force his way out, but we have seen crazier things happen in the January window before.

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