Celtic are reportedly tracking Scottish defender John Souttar, who is available on a pre-contract. The Hearts defender scored the opener in Scotland’s win over Denmark earlier this month, which has only resulted in more interest in the 25-year-old after an impressive few months with the Tynecastle side.
According to The Sun, Celtic are now tracking Souttar’s situation as they consider a pre-contract deal for the defender. A number of teams are credited with an interest in the central defender.
The report states that the player will be free to agree terms with potential suitors as of December 1st. This means that if Celtic want to, they could seal a deal for the defender in the coming days.
Souttar scored against Celtic earlier this season and has been impressive as Hearts were promoted to the Premiership. Despite some horrific injuries, he has battled back to fitness and is finally reaping the rewards. Hearts will hope to tie him down to a new deal but the prospect of interest from Celtic and England will have Souttar considering his options. Hearts will be desperate to tie down the defender but will know that they may need to sell or face losing him for nothing.
With Christopher Jullien returning, Celtic’s defence is strengthening. However, Souttar may not be required with Cameron Carter-Vickers signing on a loan-to-buy deal from Tottenham Hotspur in the summer.