John Souttar addresses Hearts transfer discussion as he opens up on Scotland-Australia World Cup dream
John Souttar drops the transfer conversation linking him to a separation from Hearts.
The Scotland defender is out of contract this summer and has an offer from Tynecastle club on the table.
It is understood that no deal is imminent however, and there is interest in Souttar from the English league, while Rangers and Celtic have also been linked.
Returning from injury and looking stronger than ever, Souttar insists he is 100% focused on continuing to perform for Robbie Neilson’s side when maybe it wasn’t. not the case before his long layoff for injury.
“Before my injuries, I think it would have affected me more,” he told The Courier.
“Now I don’t take anything for granted. I go into every game completely focused on the game and what I need to do.
“Everything else is obscured because I’m just grateful to be on the pitch.
“The older I get and the more experiences I have, the easier it is to deal with speculation.
“I love my football right now. Playing without worrying about injury is great – it’s the best I’ve felt in my career, physically – and that’s all that matters. “
Thinking about the future, there is the prospect of playing a World Cup with Scotland.
A first international goal against Denmark in Hampden last month not only set up a home play-off semi-final against Ukraine, but also ended all the pain and doubt Souttar suffered after suffering Achilles’ second and third serious injuries of his career.
The deranged Harry now knows what he feels like after being long term shut out due to a knee injury.
The Australian international, who qualifies for the Socceroos thanks to their Australian mother, could yet join his brother in Qatar next year.
“It would be crazy if we got to this point,” Souttar admitted.
“For each of us, playing a World Cup would be a dream, personally and for the family.
“But there are a lot of ifs and buts before either of us can seriously think about it.
“I just have to keep playing well for my club because these playoffs are going to be huge games for the country and I want to be involved in it.”
The World Cup brothers in arms would undoubtedly be the pinnacle for Souttar, although he admits Denmark’s goal will be beaten.
“It’s without a doubt the best time of my career. It was crazy.
“It was my first game since being sent off to Scotland against Israel [September 2018]. So that was on my mind for two years.
“Because that was the last thing I did in a Scottish jersey, you think, can not be my last match for Scotland! ‘
“Putting that to bed – and with my family who was there and seeing what it meant to them – was a special moment. “
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