Hearts of Midlothian interim manager Jon Daly has told of how reported Glasgow Rangers target Jamie Walker is refocused and is ready to play against them on Saturday.

The Tynecastle winger has been on Pedro Caixinha’s radar over the summer, with the Ibrox outfit making several bids, however, they were all rejected.

Rangers’ interest in Walker had reportedly turned the player’s head, which led to then-manager Ian Cathro deciding to leave him out of the squad for their fixtures with Dunfermline Athletic and Glasgow Celtic.

However, Daly now believes the Hearts winger is ready to put it all behind him and will be available for selection.

The current temporary boss stated that he had seen the 24-year-old’s attitude in training improve within the past few days, stating that he was going to definitely consider him for the trip to Glasgow to face Caixinha’s Rangers side.

“In the last couple of days, Jamie’s training levels have gone up again so he’s definitely in contention for a starting spot,” he told the Evening News.

“If that continues then he’s got a chance. He’s a top player and we’d be delighted to have him at the club for as long as we possibly can. He gives you the opportunity to win games with his quality.

“I’d imagine he’ll work as hard as he can if he plays because he’s a Hearts player and he has to do his best for the club. I’m sure that’s the mindset he would have.

“We spoke about the transfer rumours unsettling him but I think he’s got past that now. He’s fully focused again.”

Should Walker play in the fixture against Rangers, Caixinha and the Ibrox faithful will be hoping that he does not put in a performance to the best of his ability and does not come to haunt them as he has done in the past.

The winger managed to score twice when the sides met at Tynecastle back in February, something that they are hopeful will not happen again.

Rangers will be looking to bounce back from a defeat to Hibernian last weekend in the Scottish Premiership, whilst Hearts will no doubt be taking confidence and have a belief that they can also replicate what their Edinburgh rivals managed.


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