So far, 2019 has been a pretty decent year for Souttar, 22, who has broken into the Scotland squad and just played a crucial role in his club side reaching the Scottish Cup final against Hearts last Saturday.
Souttar’s impressive form has led to speculation that Rangers manager Steven Gerrard could be interested in making a bid for his services this summer but, judging by comments from Levein, it’ll cost a few quid to prise him away from Tynecastle.
Speaking via the Sun, Jambos boss levein explained: “For me, he is the best centre-back in Scotland — for sure.
“He can do wonderful things with the ball — his passing on Saturday was fantastic — and he is now capable of competing physically with any centre- forward.
“I’ve known John since he was 12 and he has just got better and better.
“When he came here from Dundee United we just needed to give him time, but he has now grown into the player I always hoped he would be.
“His pace is there, he is strong, focused and aggressive. He was imperious against Inverness.”
Rather interestingly, Hearts host Rangers in the Premiership on Sunday afternoon,where Gerrard and any other interested parties should get a pretty close look at Souttar and his undoubted talents.
But what do you make of Levein’s comments? Is Souttar really the best centre-back in Scotland?
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