Celtic Sign Souttar Brothers
Celtic have announced the signings of Harry and John Souttar on permanent and loan deals respectively.
17 year old Harry and 20 year old John played for Dundee United together last season but split ways momentarily with John signing for Hearts of Midlothian in January of this year.
But with the news of his brother signing with Celtic, the talented and versatile midfielder expressed a desire to join him under Brendan Rodgers and the two clubs agreed on a loan deal, with a future fee believed to be around £1,000,000.
John made 35 out of a possible 38 appearances in the Premiership last season for Dundee United and Hearts, with Harry making two appearances and choosing not to follow his brother out of the club. Celtic agreed a £350,000 fee for the towering centre back, beating out interest from Stoke, Rangers and Crystal Palace, and fortunately for them managed to attract his talented brother in the process.
The two players' style of play varies widely, and there is a noticeable physical difference. At 204 centimetres, Harry Souttar is the tallest professional player in Scotland and possesses a considerable leap as well. Despite lacking technical skill, he is a very solid and reliable defender. John can also play as a centre back but is more suited up the ground, possessing a keen eye for the pass and a strong technique, as well as being willing to challenge for the ball despite being a full 6 inches shorter than his brother. One problem that has arisen with the elder Souttar however is his work rate, but new manager Brendan Rodgers says he's keen to work with the pair nonetheless.
"The Souttar brothers are two of the most promising youngsters in Scotland. We had our eyes on both of them but didn't really expect Hearts to give John up after just signing him, but when we agreed to sign Harry, we managed to agree to a deal with Hearts to bring his brother in too. I'd like to thank Robbie Neilson for keeping the interests of the player at heart."
Harry and John are both expected to turn out for the Celtic Under-21 side for the time being although there is a possibility of first team call-ups for both.