The Rangers are about to sign a foreword by Hearts defender John Souttar.
The Scottish national team’s contract expired this summer and was wanted by several clubs in the English championship, including Blackburn Rovers.
However, after initial talks with the Rangers, Souttar is now expected to join the Scottish Premiership champions.
Sky Sports News understands that the 25-year-old man is interested in a permanent move that will take place this month.
Souttar has made more than 150 appearances for Tynecastle Park, six years after his arrival from Dundee United.
After several serious injuries, Souttar has played all but two Premiership matches this season and, thanks to his impressive performance, has earned Scotland’s appeal.
Neilson: Hearts won’t sell Souttar
At the beginning of the season, manager Robbie Neilson insisted that the Hearts would not collect for Souttar this month unless they received a “huge” offer during the transfer period.
He said: “From our point of view, he is here until the end of the season if we do not receive an offer that we cannot refuse.
“If he decides it’s time to move on, it will require a huge offer in January to make it happen, or he will see a contract and hopefully leave happy.
“He’s a key player who will hopefully help us finish in the league as high as we can and get as far as he can in the cup, so you have to balance both sides and say what’s holding him. [until the end of the season] value?’ and ‘what is the value of the transfer?’
“From my point of view as a coach, I will push to keep him here for as long as I can, because he is a key part of the team.”
Neilson explained that there were contingency plans in case Souttar left.
He said, “We always have a certain number of players in each position that we lined up if something happens. We’ll have one, two, three targets in each position, so we know what we’re doing if a player leaves.” . “
What would Souttar bring to the Rangers?
Souttar’s ability to lead by example and be an impressive figure on the pitch is there for everyone.
Returning to the first Premiership Hearts of the season, the defender helped his team at both ends of the field when they defeated the Celtics 2: 1.
Some of the bold blocks, well-timed interventions and the ability to lead his defenders through the match were impressive – as was his desire to get to the end and head home for the winner in the 89th minute.
This presence in the offensive sense will delight Rangers fans and dead ball specialists James Tavernier and Born Barisic.
Rangers Sports Director Ross Wilson has often spoken of the need to think ahead in recruitment, and the move also shows the club continues to make progress in this area.
With uncertainty about Connor Goldson’s future – who had agreed to a new contract later this season – Souttar could replace the Englishman.
Ibrox is leading the Premiership by six points, but the move shows that they are already planning a future under Giovanni van Bronckhorst.