John Souttar has every tool in the box to be a major hit at Rangers according to former Ibrox captain Barry Ferguson. 

The Hearts defender has undergone a medical with the champions as a deal nears completion. 

Blackburn Rovers led interest from the English Championship but it appears the lure of a move to play under Giovanni van Bronckhorst has been too strong to resist. 

And Ferguson is delighted with the move for a player who he feels has all the makings of a high-end central defender. 

He told the Daily Record: “It’s interesting to see the changes that Van Bronckhorst is making and I’m not surprised that he’s also keen on bringing John Souttar in from Tynecastle. 

“Obviously, the boy is still a Hearts player and I don’t think it’s right for others to start mapping out his future for him. I’m sure Robbie Neilson is moving heaven and earth to keep him in Edinburgh right now. 

“But, in terms of his qualities, there’s no doubt in my mind that he’s got everything needed to be a top-class central defender. 

“He also has the mental strength because the injuries he’s suffered over the last couple of years could have ended his career. So to come back from that to reach the level he has - forcing his way into the Scotland squad - tells me all about his character. 

“He obviously has a big decision to make with the likes of Blackburn and Stoke also sniffing about - and he needs to look after No.1 in terms of the financial aspect - but a move to Rangers might just be the making of him.”