Rangers may face real fight to sign Ikpeazu and Souttar this summer

A general view of Ibrox Stadium ahead of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on September 18, 2011 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Rangers are reportedly looking to bring John Souttar and Uche Ikpeazu to Ibrox.

A general view of Ibrox Stadium ahead of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on September 18, 2011 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Rangers may already be planning for a key summer transfer window, as Steven Gerrard needs major reinforcements in order to get closer to Celtic next season.

The Gers have shown some progress under Gerrard this season, but they have fallen short of a title race and of silverware, meaning improvements must be made.

A host of players have already been linked with moves to Ibrox, and the latest rumours suggest that a double raid could be launched on Hearts.

 

The Scottish Sun claim that Rangers want Hearts striker Uche Ikpeazu, whilst the Daily Record now claim that his Hearts teammate John Souttar is also wanted at Ibrox.

Souttar would be a perfect signing, giving Rangers a long-term option at centre back having brought in temporary options in Joe Worrall and Gareth McAuley last summer, whilst Ikpeazu would give Gerrard a real battering ram up top.

Both players would bring real value to Rangers, but if the Gers want them, they should be preparing themselves for a major battle trying to prise them away from Tynecastle.

John Souttar of Heats in action during the UEFA Europa League First Qualifying Round match between Heart of Midlothian FC and FC Infonet Tallinn at Tyncastle Stadium on June 30, 2016 in...

In 2017, Rangers launched two bids for Hearts winger Jamie Walker, but found themselves in a real fight with the Edinburgh club – a fight they ultimately lost as they couldn't sign Walker.

Trying to sign two players – arguably more important than Walker was – means Rangers may well face double trouble attempting to secure deals with Hearts, and if they really want the pair at Ibrox, they will need to push harder than they did for Walker, and ultimately pay up.

Uche Ikpeazu of Hearts applauds fans as he is substituted during the Scottish Cup 5th Round match between Heart of Midlothian and Auchinleck Talbot at Tynecastle Stadium on February 10,...

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