Report: Latest on John Souttar's future after recent Celtic link
Despite a recent link with Celtic, Stoke City are in pole position to sign Hearts centre-back John Souttar next month according to Lancs Live.
The Daily Record reported last month that Souttar was swaying towards a move to England in the new year. That’s despite the Scottish Sun claiming that both Celtic and Rangers were interested in a move for the in-form defender.
It’s been said in the past that Souttar would only cost clubs £500k in January [Football Scotland]. This is due to the fact his contract at Tynecastle is up in the summer.
But despite the interest from Celtic, Lancs Live believe Stoke are the team currently favourites to bag his signature. It still remains to be seen if Ange Postecoglou even wants the Scotland international come the new year.
Souttar has impressed on 2 occasions against Celtic this season. He bagged a dramatic winner against Postecoglou’s men on opening day and shone in his team’s 1-0 loss at Parkhead earlier this month.
Souttar was effectively robbed of the best part of 2 years through Achilles and ankle injuries. But with a renaissance being carried out this season, it’s clear there’s plenty of interest in his services.
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Celtic could still do a lot worse than nab John Souttar in 2022
Souttar’s return to form continues to impress well into the 2021/22 campaign. And what’s even more promising for any potential suitors is that he’s also been injury-free for the most part. He’s only missed 3 games due to injury all season – a fine return given his problems [Transfermarkt].
At just £500k, it’s difficult to see how this is anything other than a bargain. He was a standout for Scotland against Denmark back in November, and has proven himself to be one of the top centre-backs in Scottish football.
Souttar is also a fine ball-playing centre-back, something that Postecoglou loves in his defenders. At 25, he has plenty of room for development too. It’s difficult to see why Ange wouldn’t make a move for the player.
Granted, things could be difficult if he’s truly eyeing up a move to England. After all, Souttar may look to maximise his earning potential given he’s been robbed of such a substantial period of his career. You could understand that way of thinking too, even if it does lack some ambition.
Celtic currently have Cameron Carter-Vickers, Carl Starfelt, Christopher Jullien, and Stephen Welsh available to play in Souttar’s position. Not to mention Nir Bitton can also be called upon if necessary.
So it’s really all down to how Ange views this in terms of his January priorities. As things stand, it’s fair to say a move from Celtic looks unlikely despite how much sense it may make.