By Danny Wright
Hearts interim manager Jon Daly has suggested that Rangers should meet their £1million valuation of winger Jamie Walker.
The Daily Record has reported that the Light Blues had a bid worth £600,000 rejected by the Edinburgh club and are looking to receive a seven-figure offer before they consider parting company with the 24-year-old.
Daly will be taking charge of Hearts’ first match of the Scottish Premiership season on Saturday when his side travel to Celtic after Ian Cathro was relieved of his duties at Tynecastle earlier this week.
Walker had been left out of the squad for the penalty shoot-out loss to Dumfermline last weekend and Daly has since confirmed that he will once again not be involved for this week’s trip to Celtic Park.
“Jamie is a little bit off where he needs to be, fitness-wise, in terms of mentality,” said the Hearts interim boss, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“The conversation I had with him was that we will leave him out this weekend with a view to hopefully giving him a few days to try and get his head right, and hopefully, if I’m still in charge next week and he’s still here, getting him back involved next week.
“Because Jamie has to understand that Rangers is one club. There’s a million and one other clubs in the world that would love Jamie Walker. If I was manager of another club I would sign Jamie Walker for £1million no problem because on his day he’s the best at the club.”
Pedro Caixinha has already added nine players to his squad since last season ended and it seems as though he is eyeing up Walker as a tenth recruit.
The former Scotland Under-21 international was in lethal form for Hearts last season, scoring 15 goals and supplying seven assists in 43 appearances across all competitions.
Football Insider Verdict
It seems as though Walker may be trying to force a move to Ibrox, and who can really blame him? Hearts seem to be having a lot of issues going into the new Scottish Premiership season so if one of the league’s top sides comes in with an offer it’s understandable that a player might want to leave. Hearts have already ruined their chances of getting through the League Cup and they should really keep Walker in the squad for the Celtic game this weekend to at least give themselves a chance of getting a goal. This is all good news for Rangers though, as their top-flight rivals may be willing to lower their asking price in order to sell up.
In other Rangers news, the Gers are second favourites to sign this proven top-flight goal scorer.