Kris Commons: Ace touted for January move to Rangers in line to join club in England
By Harry Sykes
Kris Commons is convinced that Rangers target Jamie Walker will attract interest from clubs down in England when he becomes a free agent next summer.
The Hearts midfielder has been touted for a move to Ibrox after the Gers pursued the £1million-rated ace for much of the summer.
But ex-Celtic star Commons believes that the winger, 24, could easily move down south instead as clubs will come calling for his signature if he performs well.
Commons told BBC Sport Scotland on Facebook: “He’s in a very, very strong position now, where he’s in the last year of his contract.
“The interest from down south might be generated, but he’s going to have to perform well.
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“If he does that it might generate interest in England where they can come in and buy him.
“Jamie is in a win-win situation if he plays well and is professional.
“I think he will be professional, work hard and do everything in his power to play well.”
Walker has less than a year to run on his Tynecastle contract and has already made it clear to club chiefs that he won’t be penning an extension.
It has been widely reported that Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha had two bids rejected for the player that was one of the longest transfer sagas over the summer.
Hearts legend Jim Jeffries expressed his surprise that the Gorgie outfit did not sell him in the transfer window and cash in on the 24-year old.
Walker will now be able to move to the Gers for free next summer.
Alternatively, Caixinha could acquire his services in January if they are willing to come up with the cash to get the playmaker six months early.
In other Rangers transfer news, the club made a last-gasp move to sign a £45,000-a-week striker who would have catapulted them to the league title.