By Alex McLeish

14th Jan, 2022 | 8:00am

Rangers could sign 'diamond' to replace Goldson after talks update - McLeish

Alex McLeish has suggested Rangers are planning for Connor Goldson’s departure with a move for Hearts defender John Souttar.

The former Ibrox boss, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the 25-year-old could prove to be another homegrown “diamond” for the Gers.

As reported by the Daily Record late on Wednesday (12 January), Rangers appear to lead Blackburn and Sheffield United in the race to sign Souttar on a pre-contract this month.

The Light Blues have reportedly made a strong pitch after the centre-back travelled to England for talks with Blackburn and Nottingham Forest.

The report claims he is now considering his options.

Rangers’ interest comes with star centre-back Goldson in the final six months of his contract at Ibrox.

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McLeish suggested Gers may be plotting for his departure with their push for Souttar.

McLeish told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “I do feel there has been a long spell in Scotland where Rangers and Celtic have been going abroad, picking up players.

“But you always felt you could get a diamond in Scotland from one of your fellow member clubs. I know that I plunged into that market.

“John Souttar’s come through a lot with injuries. You even think he has had injuries that he’ll never come back from.

“But he has come back to tremendous form. He is a lovely mover of the ball, he’ll see the long pass – not a long ball but a long pass. He is quite composed too.

“Souttar can only get better by going to a bigger club. Hearts are a fantastically big club but Rangers are one of the biggest in the world.

“I’m sure they would want to cover the fact Goldson may be going. We’re still seeing talks continue there.

“Rangers have to do their homework in advance. They have to make a decision on whether Souttar’s at the level for us.

“He’s certainly shown some brilliant football.”

Souttar has 180 Premiership appearances under his belt.

He has also played four times for Scotland.

In other news, McLeish claims Rangers to “sacrifice” millions of pounds after Ibrox update.