John Souttar's Rangers price tag increased amid Hearts injury blow

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John Souttar's Rangers price tag increased amid Hearts injury blow
John Souttar's Rangers price tag increased amid Hearts injury blow

HEARTS manager Robbie Neilson has warned Rangers that Craig Halkett’s injury has increased John Souttar valuation.

Defender Halkett looks set for a spell on the sidelines after being forced off during Wednesday’s 2-1 defeat to Celtic with a hamstring problem.

And with fellow Taylor Moore also yet to return from a thigh problem, Neilson admits a shortage of fit central defenders means the club will be looking for more money for Souttar.

The Scotland international has agreed a pre-contract with the Ibrox outfit and Hearts have already rejected one bid from Rangers this month.

Neilson said: “Craig Halkett has a hamstring problem and Taylor Moore is out and it’s going to take a big bid to take John, that’s for sure, because we don’t have anybody else at the moment.

“It’s got to (increase the price tag). We play against Motherwell on Saturday and then we have the derby and have Rangers away."

Speaking to BBC Scotland, Neilson added: “We need our players, if we lose players to injury we can’t afford just to let players go for minimal fees.”

Former Preston manager Frankie McAvoy, meanwhile, has been linked with the vacant academy director’s position at Hearts.

McAvoy was previously the youth academy director at Hamilton and also served as Alex Neil’s assistant at Norwich City and Preston.

McAvoy, who lost his job at Deepdale last month, also worked under Hearts sporting director at all three clubs.

Hearts are looking to fill the position following Roger Arnott’s departure from Tynecastle.

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