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Rangers: John Souttar the statement signing Gerrard and Allen need

Rangers: John Souttar the statement signing Gerrard and Allen need

It’s going to be a massive summer for Rangers! To challenge Celtic for the title next season they need to deepen their squad, and, excitingly, Hearts’ John Souttar fits the bill perfectly.

The defender has impressed at Tynecastle this season, playing 20 times in the Scottish Premiership. The Daily Record reported Rangers scouts were watching Souttar in his club’s 3-0 Scottish Cup semi-final win over Inverness on Saturday.

His goal and defensive capabilities will have impressed the Gers backroom, and The Express are claiming he’s now a priority for Steven Gerrard as he looks to sure up his back line and provide competition for Connor Goldson and Nikola Katic.

It seems like the manager, as well as director of football Mark Allen, know what they want.

With Joe Worrall looking like he’ll return to Nottingham Forest in the summer, it’s important Gerrard gets it right in the transfer market. The pressure is on for them to finally win their first major trophy since the club’s liquidation in 2012, and next year has to be that year.

The Scotland international did sign a new deal with Hearts in the summer, and that only runs out in 2022. He’s not going to be cheap, but if the club really want success to return to Ibrox they’ll have to dig deep into their pockets and back their manager over the summer.

A commanding presence, he’d bring an awful lot to a Rangers backline that often capitulates. Yes, the reported seven-figure fee it’d take to sign him is a huge amount of money for the Light Blues, but the towering central defender could become a real cult-hero at Ibrox.

One of the best players outside the Old Firm in Scotland, he’d also be a statement signing. After watching their season peter out disappointingly early, both Gerrard and Allen need it.

The Gers seem to have the right player in their sights, but now they have to put their money where their mouth is and prove they’re serious about taking the club back to the top. Souttar can help take them there, but only if Hearts get the money they deserve for him.

Rangers fans, who do you think will be in your club’s strongest back line next season? Join the discussion by commenting below…

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