It was a while in coming but Jamie Walker belatedly kick-started his 2017/18, as Hearts edged out Ross County on Saturday afternoon.
The winger, who had failed to live up to the impeccable standards of last season in the early weeks of the new campaign, found his form in style with a performance as good as anything you will see in Scotland this season.
Walker was a menace throughout, setting up the opener of Esmael Goncalves before scoring the winner himself with a sublime finish to ensure Owen Coyle's first game in charge of Ross ended in defeat. This is the sort of form that makes the 24-year-old one of the most exciting talents north of the border.
It’s the sort of form that has Rangers reportedly still hopeful of securing a deal in January. The Scottish Sun reported last month that The Gers are aiming to secure Walker, who will be a free-agent next summer, on a pre-contract agreement in the January transfer window.
Manager Pedro Caixinha made Walker a top priority in the summer but, for some reason, Rangers refused to meet Hearts’ £1 million price-tag.
And though Walker hinted that it is far from certain he’ll end up at Ibrox, suggesting to the Daily Record that he now has his eyes set on a ‘bigger’ move, performances like his match-winning display against Ross County mean Rangers surely won't want to miss out again.
Jamie Walker fantastic second half, as was Euan Henderson. Lafferty improved. Today was a good day. #HMFC— Andrew Petrie. (@andrewpetrie9) October 14, 2017
Great result for Jam Tarts and grinding out the 3 points with 10 men. Jamie Walker back in the mix. 1 assist,1 goal #hmfc— Jamie Knox (@knoxy1982) October 14, 2017
Great to see Jamie Walker on the score sheet for Hearts again. Difficult summer for him but now hopefully getting back to his best.— Liam Morrison (@liammorrison96) October 15, 2017