By Frank McAvennie

16th Oct, 2021 | 11:00am

Rangers tipped to pull off Souttar signing in move that will 'annoy Celtic fans' - McAvennie

Frank McAvennie is backing Rangers to sign Hearts defender John Souttar in January in a bid to improve their defence.

The former Celtic hitman, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the transfer would “annoy” Celtic fans.

As reported by the Scottish Mail on Sunday (10th October via Press Reader), Rangers have long-standing interest in Souttar, 25, and could make a move to sign him in January.

The centre-back is out of contract at Tynecastle next summer, meaning he could be available for a nominal fee.

He marked his return from a long-term injury by scoring a last-minute winner against Celtic in the first game of this season.

McAvennie claims Souttar would immediately improve the Gers’ defence and backed the club to pull off the deal.

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“Soutts is a good player,” McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.

“Is he what Rangers need? I don’t think the supporters would complain.

“He’s having a cracking season and if he turns up at Rangers he will say what’s what.

“There doesn’t seem to be any leaders in that defence at the moment.

“I can see him coming in and going, ‘right lads, follow me’, that’s what Rangers need.

“I know it would annoy Celtic fans too, he scored a cracking header against us on the first day of the season.

“He’s a good player, he dominates in the air. He would be a great signing, there’s no doubt in my mind.”

The Rangers backline has not been as settled as last season.

In the Premiership, the Gers have only kept three clean sheets.

In other news, this is when Gerrard could quit Rangers amid update on Newcastle hunt, claims pundit.