John Souttar: Giovanni Van Bronckhorst suggests Rangers are willing to will wait until the summer to get Hearts defender

Rangers boss Giovanni Van Bronckhorst has indicated that he will wait until the summer for the arrival of John Souttar from Hearts.

Monday, 17th January 2022, 2:13 pm
Updated Monday, 17th January 2022, 2:17 pm

The Ibrox club last week announced the signing of the 25-year-old Scotland defender on a pre-contract agreement from Hearts.

However, the Gorgie club are adamant they will not allow Souttar to join the cinch Premiership champions in this transfer window unless "a significant and satisfactory offer is made".

Ahead of the Premiership clash with Aberdeen at Pittodrie on Tuesday, the Ibrox manager said: "First, I am happy that John is joining us. I think he is a very good defender, a Scottish international player.

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John Souttar is pictured during a Hearts training session at the Oriam today, ahead of Tuesday's match against St Johnstone at Tynecastle

"I think it is very important for us that we keep our Scottish identity. He fits perfect in that role, so I am happy that he will join us for the next season.

"We have to wait on what will happen in this window, but as far as I know we welcome John in the summer."

Souttar remains a Hearts players until the summer, unless the club accept an offer from Rangers to take him to Ibrox before the end of the January transfer window.

The Scotland defender has been criticised by some fans since the news of the deal broke, but Robbie Neilson suggested today that the defender will feature against St Johnstone on Tuesday and will continue to play while he remains a Hearts player.

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