Why Hearts star John Souttar would be 'fantastic signing' for Celtic or Rangers - and make financial sense

Celtic or Rangers moving for Hearts defender John Souttar would make complete sense and be a “value for money” addition, according to Kenny Miller.

Hearts centre-back John Souttar is out of contract at the end of the season. (Photo by Ross Parker / SNS Group)
Hearts centre-back John Souttar is out of contract at the end of the season. (Photo by Ross Parker / SNS Group)

The centre-back is out of contract at the end of the season with reports this week suggesting he is primed to sign a pre-contract agreement with an English Championship club.

Blackburn Rovers and Stoke City have been strongly linked with a move for Souttar.

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Former Scotland striker Miller believes both Celtic and Rangers should be making their move for the player.

As well as being able to contribute on the field in the short-term, the Falkirk coach reckons he has the potential to make them a tidy profit in the transfer window down the line.

"I think he would be a fantastic signing for either of the Old Firm based on the value for money it would bring,” Miller told Go Radio’s Football Show.

"And if he's really successful at one of these clubs for 18 months or two years then there are opportunities to sell him on down the road.

"You think about what John Souttar would be worth if he still had years on his contract.

"So the fact you can get him for a fraction of that allows you to boost his wages a little to compete with higher-end Championship teams.

"There's no doubt if John Souttar goes into Rangers or Celtic the profile goes up with the opportunity to show how good you are at a different level and in Europe.

"And it gives him a better chance to play for Scotland."

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