Rangers and Celtic have both reportedly been showing interest in signing John Souttar from Dundee United, with his contract expiring at the end of this season, but a report in the Daily Record claims United have moved to tie the youngster down.
The Record report indicates that the 19-year-old versatile defender is on the wish list of both Celtic and Rangers, but Taysiders’ chairman Stephen Thompson has been quoted in the report as confirming that Souttar has been offered a lucrative new deal to tie his future down at Tannadice.
Thompson said: “John was offered a contract to make him the equally highest paid player at the club at the age of 19. I think if you look at that there is not much more the club can do.”
Souttar has shown a wealth of talent in his short career, playing as both a centre-back and a midfielder, and making 60 appearances at club level.
He is already a Scottish Under-21 international, and although he has been off form this season, there are no doubts about how good Souttar is, and can become in the future.
Due to his impressive potential, Celtic and Rangers are looking to bring him to their respective clubs, according to the Record article. His current deal expires at the end of this campaign, meaning that a pre-contract could be agreed in January to take him to Parkhead or Ibrox.
However, United are hoping to end this likely outcome, by making Souttar the highest paid player at Tannadice despite still only being a teenager.
There are as yet no indications Souttar is ready to sign a new deal, and Celtic and Rangers are sure to continue circling the player until his future is resolved one way or another.