Mills: Rangers capture of Souttar raises questions of integrity after Hearts statement
John Souttar’s pre-contract agreement with Rangers raises questions over the integrity of the Scottish Premiership, according to Danny Mills.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Premier League and England defender suggested Souttar should not be able to play for Hearts in games against Rangers between now and his move to Ibrox.
The Gers confirmed on Friday (14 January) they had agreed a pre-contract deal with the Scotland international.
He was out of contract at Hearts at the end of the season and will now move to Ibrox when his deal expires.
A Hearts statement the same day insisted he would remain at Tynecastle this month unless a “significant and satisfactory offer” was made.
“It’s always a strange one when you can sign a pre-contract with a club in the same league,” Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
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“I don’t quite understand how that works.
“What about when they play each other? Surely you’re not going to want to play that player.
“When we talk about integrity and player, if he plays and has a bad game and maybe gives away a penalty, all sorts of questions are going to be asked.
“Should it be different to the loan system where you can’t play against your parent club?
“That’s a very strange way of doing things where you can sign a pre-contract with a club in the same league.”
Souttar has started all but two of Hearts’ league games this term including the 2-0 win over St. Johnstone yesterday (18 January).
He was booed by the Jam Tarts faithful because of his upcoming move to Rangers.