Rangers have completed an important piece of transfer business with the pre-contract signing of Hearts John Souttar.
The Scotland international has agreed terms to comes to Ibrox for next season, with the remaining possibility of a deal to be agreed with Hearts for the player to make the move along the M8 this month.
Given the relative uncertainty in central defence for Rangers, looking ahead to next season, this move is a very shrewd one as it also bolsters the Scottish contingent in the squad, with requirements for European football in mind.
The green light has been given by Giovanni van Bronckhorst, with the club tracking the 25-year old for some time, before the arrival of the Dutchman as manager at Ibrox.
🆕 #RangersFC are today delighted to announce the signing of John Souttar on a pre-contract agreement from Heart of Midlothian.
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) January 14, 2022
A statement from the club included words from sporting director Ross Wilson on the enthusiasm from the highly rated centre-half to commit to the Scottish champions:
“John is a full Scotland international and has so much potential ahead for the coming years. I have really enjoyed getting to know John across all of our conversations so far and I can see how excited he and his family are to be joining Rangers. We are equally excited to welcome John to Ibrox.”
Now all that remains is to see if a deal can be done this month between Rangers and Hearts, to allow Souttar to join Rangers immediately.
The Jambos will be reluctant to lose an important player, but given his focus and future is now elsewhere, they could decide to cash in and instead put a new player in place. Such a move would also further strengthen Rangers squad for the title push, providing important competition in the back line.