Rangers boss Warburton discusses alleged interest in John Souttar, also wanted by Celtic

Rangers and Celtic reportedly both want to sign John Souttar.

Rangers are reportedly interested in signing John Souttar of Dundee United, but Mark Warburton played down such reports when speaking to the official club website.

The Gers boss said: “He’s one of 50 players we are apparently interested in. I keep hearing names being thrown at me, but that’s football talk. That’s fine, but from our point of view, we have a number of players we’re going to target, but we would obviously never mentioned specific targets.”

Souttar, 19, is one of the most highly regarded youngsters in Scottish football, and has already played 60 times for Dundee United, despite his young age.

He is a Scottish Under-21 international, and many believe he has the talent to go all the way into the senior squad.

His impressive performances for United have seen clubs keep an eye on Souttar’s development, with Rangers’ interest in him coming days after Old Firm rivals Celtic were reportedly tracking the youngster.

The Evening Telegraph claimed that Celtic are considering moving for Souttar in the January transfer window, hoping to tie him down to a pre-contract, before making the switch to Parkhead next summer.

Following their reported interest, the Scotsman claimed that Rangers also want Souttar, despite the fact that they are in the division below transfer rivals Celtic, and Souttar’s current club Dundee United.

Clearly Warburton has his targets in mind, and the players he wants to bring to Ibrox, but he has decided to keep his cards close to his chest concerning a potential move for Souttar in the coming months.

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