By Beck Pascal

22nd Jan, 2022 | 11:45am

Rangers still in the hunt for John Souttar in January - BBC

Rangers target John Souttar has been left out of Hearts’ squad amid ongoing January transfer talks. 

The Scottish international signed a pre-contract with the Gers to join them on a four-year deal in the summer.

Souttar was booed by the home fans in Hearts’ 2-0 victory over St Johnstone last time out and being left out of this weekend’s squad has raised question marks on his Tynecastle future.

The Bears are hopeful of bringing the defender to Ibrox imminently with a bid in the region of £300,000 for a January move as per BBC Sport

Get it done 

Souttar is clearly out of favour at Hearts and needs saving before things turn ugly after the pre-contract agreement disgruntled many at Tynecastle Park. 

Tuesday night’s display from the fans is a sign of things to come if Souttar stays at Hearts and is likely to get worse as the transfer negotiations continue. 

Souttar being left out of the squad for their upcoming cup tie could be to protect the youngster but Rangers fans will be reading between the lines, hoping it means a January move is imminent.

Rangers lowballed Hearts’ desired £500,000 asking price for the 25-year-old which is likely to be rejected. 

Bringing in the centre half would undoubtedly boost the Bears title hopes with their defence in need of more strength. 

Rangers should pay the low fee asked by their rivals because Souttar could repay the fee ten times over if he comes in and helps the Gers win titles. 

In other Ibrox news, Gio Van Bronckhorst shares ‘difficult’ international issue at Rangers.