By Abigail Withey
Barry Ferguson believes that Hearts winger Jamie Walker is the missing piece from Pedro Caixinha’s Rangers puzzle, but has said that the playmaker stills needs to “knuckle down” after failing to secure a move to the Ibrox.
The 24-year-old was widely linked with a move to the Glaswegian side throughout a majority of the summer but failed to complete the transfer after Caixinha’s side refused to meet Hearts’ £1million valuation.
Despite the disappointment of missing out on joining Rangers, Ferguson has said that the Hearts flyer can’t dwell on it and instead must focus on proving himself between now and the next transfer window.
“The transfer window has shut, the move to Rangers hasn’t happened, so he has to knuckle down,” the former Gers skipper said, as quoted by the Glasgow Evening Times.
“He needs to play really well between now and the start of January when the transfer window opens again. Then we need to see where that takes him and whether he goes to Rangers or not.”
“I do think he would have been an excellent signing for Rangers. I like him every time I see him and I think he’s something that Rangers are missing just now.
“But he needs to get the move out of his head and just concentrate on playing for Hearts just now.”
Despite missing out on the first two games of the Premiership due to the building tension around a possible move, the Scotsman has gone on to play in the three most recent matches, including two draws and a disappointing 2-1 defeat to Motherwell.
While Walker will remain at Tynecastle until the end of the year, Caixinha could go in for another swoop in January as Hearts may be willing to lower their price for the midfielder or instead risk losing him for free in the summer.
In other Rangers news, boss Pedro Caixinha has been in talks with United manager Jose Mourinho.