Rangers opinion: Gers in for John Souttar – good move?
According to a report in Scottish Sun, Rangers are interested in signing Hearts star John Souttar in the summer.
The 22-year-old has been the first-choice centre-back at Tynecastle and has had a great season thus far. As a result, the Gers are attracted and would be looking to make a move for him (h/t Scottish Sun).
The Gers were expected to watch the 22-year-old in action against Inverness in the Scottish Cup semi-final on Saturday. Steven Gerrard has set his sights to strengthen the back line in order to close the gap to Celtic at the top of the table (h/t Scottish Sun).
Here’s why signing Souttar would be a step in the right direction:
Souttar’s flexibility at the back would be prodigious
Predominantly a centre-back, John Souttar is capable of playing at right-back and also in defensive midfield. He possesses the qualities to impact the game by playing in each of those positions.
The 22-year-old has grown himself into one of the stars in the Hearts team. He is now playing regularly for them at centre-back and is doing a fine job.
In terms of attributes, the Scotland international has good pace, partly because he can play as a full-back. His height (189cm) allows him to win aerial duels against centre-forwards and be a threat from set-pieces in the opposition box.
The youngster is a physically strong player who is not easy to shrug off in possession. He reads the game well and makes those vital interceptions to break the attacks. His passing from the back is not too shabby either.
With Rangers struggling for consistency at the back, they could do with a player of Souttar’s quality in their side.
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Therefore, Steven Gerrard’s men must do everything in their might to sign the 22-year-old in the summer window.