Hearts are said to be after £500,000 from Rangers if John Souttar is to make the switch to Ibrox this month. That is understood to be the player’s preference with the Scotland defender already experiencing an angry backlash to his pre-contract announcement.The fee being demanded by the Jambos seems excessive for a player with just six months of his contract left who sees his future away from the club.
However, it’s loose change in comparison to the huge windfall that comes with winning the Scottish Premiership this season given there is automatic Champions League group stage qualification.
Hearts, on the other hand, will feel a fully focused Souttar gives them a better chance of sealing a third place finish in the league.
And there is also the small matter of the 25-year-old being cup-tied if he features in the Scottish Cup against Auchinleck Talbot this weekend.Read more on dailyrecord.co.uk