'He’s in the shop window' - Manager urges attacker to sell himself to Rangers
By Abigail Withey
Hearts’ caretaker manager Jon Daly has urged attacker Jamie Walker to show Pedro Caixinha his worth during their clash against Rangers on Saturday.
The 24-year-old has been linked with a move to the Ibrox stadium throughout the whole of summer window, but a deal failed to develop after Rangers’ bid didn’t match Hearts’ asking price.
Walker has been at Hearts since he was a young boy and went on to develop through the academy before he joined the senior squad back in 2012.
Since then, the attack-minded winger has made 165 appearances across all competitions for the club where he netted 39 goals and provided 34 assists.
Following the mounting interest from Rangers, the Hearts boss made the decision to leave the midfielder out of the opening two matches of the Premiership campaign as he believed the attention had unsettled him on the pitch.
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Now, as the Edinburgh side head to the Ibrox for their match against Caixinha’s club, Daly believes that Walker needs to prove to the Light Blues that he is worth the higher valuation.
Daly said: “He’s playing against a club who are interested in him. And to show them he is worth the valuation we value him at he needs to perform.”
“So we’re hopeful he will put on the kind of performance he is more than capable of,” Daly explained, and was quoted in the Daily Record. “He’s in the shop window, the window is still open and until that window shuts he remains our player.”
The interim manager went on to say that Rangers are yet to match their price tag for the midfielder.
“There was a bid rejected due to it not being the amount we require so the situation is still the same,” Daly commented. “And it will remain the same until we get a bid of the required amount.”
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