Report: Derby move ahead of Rangers in £5m John Souttar race

Rangers vies with Oliver manager Steven Gerrard is seen during the Ladbrokes Premier League match between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park on March 31, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Glasgow Rangers are reportedly hoping to bring John Souttar to Ibrox, but they are now underdogs in the race for his signature.

John Souttar of Heart of Midlothian vies with Alfredo Morelos of Rangers during the Scottish Ladbrokes Premiership match between Rangers and Hearts at Ibrox Stadium on October 7, 2018 in...

According to a report from TEAMtalk, Rangers are now underdogs in the race to sign John Souttar, with Derby County moving ahead of the Gers in the battle to land the £5 million defender.

Souttar looks set to be on the move this summer after an impressive campaign with Hearts in the Scottish Premiership. Steven Gerrard had been hoping to bring the centre-back to Ibrox with Joe Worrall set to return to his parent club at the end of his loan and Gareth McAuley's future looking to be up in the air.

 

TEAMtalk reports that the Gers had been the favourites to sign Souttar, but his £5 million asking price appears to be an 'issue' and Derby have since moved into the running.

The report adds that Souttar is keen to make the move to England at the end of the season, which further suggests that the Rams are in a good position to go and beat Rangers to his signature.

Steven Gerrard, Manager of Rangers arrives at the stadium prior to the Scottish Ladbrokes Premiership match between Motherwell and Rangers at Fir Park on April 07, 2019 in Motherwell,...

The £5 million price-tag may leave some Rangers fans fairly content with the idea of missing out on Souttar. There did appear to be a section of the fanbase who were not convinced that he was the right target - Souttar has been on the losing side against Rangers three times this season, conceding nine goals - and that asking price may only leave them more certain that Gerrard should be looking elsewhere.

But with Souttar boasting a lot of potential, it does appear that it may prove to be a real blow for Rangers to miss out if Derby do indeed manage to get a deal done. 

Frank Lampard, Manager of Derby County looks on prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Birmingham City and Derby County at St Andrew's Trillion Trophy Stadium on April 19, 2019 in...

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