Hearts midfielder Jamie Walker has revealed that he was open to joining Rangers during the summer transfer window, but states that he never agitated for a move to the Ibrox Stadium.
Pedro Caixinha’s side made the 24-year-old one of their priority signings during the close season, but ultimately failed to match Hearts’ reported £1 million asking price.
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Walker enjoyed a fantastic 2016/17 season at Tynecastle Park, scoring 15 goals in 39 appearances in all competitions, as he helped the Jam Tarts to a fifth-place finish in the Scottish Premier League, catching the eye of the Gers boss in the process.
“Let’s not kid ourselves, Rangers are a massive club and of course, it was on my mind,” Walker is quoted as saying by the Daily Record.
“But I’ve got seven months left on my contract and it’s up to me to play well and maybe get an even bigger move.
“On the last day of the window, I wasn’t sitting expecting it to happen. I knew Rangers were possibly going to come back in.
“But if they really wanted me I think they’d have put down the money.”
The former Scotland under-21 international, whose current deal expires at the end of the current campaign, turned down the chance to sign a bumper new deal with Hearts, allowing him to potentially leave for free next summer.
However, Walker reiterated that he never pushed for a move away from the Edinburgh-based club.
“I never said that I wanted to leave,” the midfielder added.
“I did reject a deal to become the highest earner at the club. But that was because I didn’t feel it was the right offer for myself and my family.
“It wasn’t about not wanting to play for Hearts. The suggestion was that I wanted to leave for free but that has never been the case.”
Since his move to Ibrox broke down, Walker has worked hard to reinstate himself in the Hearts starting line-up and has made nine appearances in all competitions so far this season.
The 24-year-old has yet to find he back of the net this term, but will be hoping to get off the mark this Saturday, when Hearts travel to Ross County looking to add to their tally of nine points.