A key Rangers transfer update has emerged on the chances of them landing John Souttar on deadline day…
According to The Athletic’s Jordan Campbell, the Gers have not made a fresh attempt to bring the defender to Ibrox ahead of the summer.
He tweeted: “Told Rangers have yet to come back with a deadline day offer for John Souttar. The Hearts centre-back signed a pre-contract deal but I understand Rangers had two bids rejected to bring him in early. No further contact in recent days.”
Giovanni van Bronckhorst will surely be fuming with this news, as it suggests that the club are not going to make a last-ditch attempt to sign him this month.
This latest update indicates that Ross Wilson has given up on his pursuit of a permanent deal before the window slams shut after already failing with two offers. The Gers now appear set to wait until the end of the season, with the centre-back officially joining the club upon the expiry of his current contract at Hearts.
Souttar remaining at Tynecastle until the end of June will leave Van Bronckhorst frustrated, as the defender could have been a sensational signing in the short-term as well as beyond the end of this campaign. He is a proven Premiership performer and could have slotted straight into the Rangers XI and improved the team.
For Hearts this season, he has averaged a sensational SofaScore rating of 7.40. He has been delivering brilliant performances week-in-week-out in the top tier of Scottish football and could have helped van Bronckhorst on his way to the Premiership title with his displays at the back.
James Tavernier (7.80) is the only Rangers player who can top that score so far this season, with Borna Barisic (7.29) the next closest in terms of outfielders. This suggests that Souttar would have the potential to come in and be one of the best players in the team, highlighting how big of a signing he could be and why the Dutch head coach will be fuming that he has to wait until the summer to work with him.