Jamie Walker has told the Daily Record that he knew that it was a possibility that Rangers may make a move for him in the summer, but added that he is now targeting an even bigger move while staying at Hearts is not something he is completely ruling out.
Walker was heavily linked with an Ibrox switch during the previous window, and the Daily Record reports that he was available to leave for just £600,000 as he entered the final year of his contract at Tynecastle.
However, the winger - who scored 12 Scottish Premiership goals last season - ended up staying put. And after failing to secure a move to the Gers, Walker suggested that he is now targeting trying to secure an even better move.
“It’s a massive club and if it doesn’t happen, I can still go on to bigger and better things.
“Rangers aren’t the be-all and end-all. It’s up to me to show what I can do and maybe get something better."
But it also seems that Walker may remain a Hearts player beyond this season as he hinted that he has not ruled out potentially extending his contract.
“I’ll sit down with the people closest to me and assess any options I have," he added.
“But if Hearts came to me with what I felt was a better offer, maybe I’d stay."
Though Walker has not been as productive this term - he is still awaiting his first goal or assist in the top flight - his form last term suggested that he could have been a bargain addition to Pedro Caixinha's squad in the summer.
And if Caixinha decided not to make a move simply to enable the Light Blues to land him for nothing next year, or for a small fee in January, he will be hoping that Walker's comments are not a sign that he has blown the chance to bring him to the club in the future.