Rangers are still interested in a move for Hearts defender John Souttar, according to The Express.
The Gers have been linked with the 3-cap Scotland international previously, with The Daily Record reporting in April he was one of Steven Gerrard’s big summer targets.
The latest report from The Express states that interest has been maintained as the club consider moves for other defensive talents such as George Edmundson.
There’s no doubt that Gerrard needs to add some defensive reinforcements to his squad in the upcoming transfer window.
Joe Worrall has already exited back to parent club Nottingham Forest and having made just a handful appearances throughout 2018/19, Gareth MacAuley is also expected to leave after his contract expires.
That leaves just Nikola Katic and Connor Goldson, both of whom are good enough to be considered starters but will need back-up across a long hard season with multiple competitions.
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Souttar has been a key part of Craig Levein’s Hearts side this season and his form would suggest he is ready to make the step up to Rangers.
Still just 22 years of age, he has an impressive amount of experience already having made close to 200 career appearances for Dundee United and the Tynecastle outfit.
A prospect with ball playing ability who can also stand up to the physical demands of a central defender, he could help Rangers fans forget all about Worrall, whose possession skills left a lot to be desired in his spell at the club.
The Gers dominate possession in most games they play and it’s crucial the ball is recycled through the defensive line effectively and that they do not invite pressure onto them unnecessarily. Souttar definitely has the ability to do that.