Jamie Walker gives hope to Rangers over 2018 pre-contract deal, admits Hearts situation is quiet

Jamie Walker of Hearts in action during the UEFA Europa League Second Qualifying Round: Second Leg between Hearts Football Club and Birkirkara at Tynecastle Stadium on July 21, 2016 in...

Rangers have been linked with Hearts winger Jamie Walker throughout 2018.

Jamie Walker of Hearts celebrates his goal during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Hearts and Celtic on August 7, 2016 in Glasgow, Edinburgh.

Hearts winger Jamie Walker has told The Scottish Sun that he has yet to hold talks with the club about a new contract amid rumours that he could still join Rangers in January.

Walker, 24, has come up through the ranks with Hearts, becoming a fan favourite off the back of his impressive displays at Tynecastle.

The winger particularly starred last season, hitting 15 goals in all competitions for Hearts, which ultimately sparked major transfer speculation over the summer transfer window.

Jamie Walker of Hearts scores his goal from the penalty spot  during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Hearts and Celtic on August 7, 2016 in Glasgow, Edinburgh.

Walker is out of contract at the end of the season, and having snubbed a new deal in order to try and leave Hearts, it was rivals Rangers who stepped up to try and sign him.

However, with two bids rejected and no deal agreed before August's transfer deadline, Walker has been left to stay with Hearts – and he has set about recapturing his best form under Craig Levein.

Walker hit the winning goal for Hearts in their 2-1 victory at Ross County over the weekend, and he has not commented on his future in Edinburgh amid renewed speculation of a move to Rangers in 2018.

The Scottish Sun reported last month that Rangers are planning to offer Walker a pre-contract agreement in January, which means he would arrive on a free transfer next summer when his Hearts deal expires.

Jamie Walker of Hearts in action during the UEFA Europa League Second Qualifying Round: Second Leg between Hearts Football Club and Birkirkara at Tynecastle Stadium on July 21, 2016 in...

Rangers have been given hope that such a deal will still be possible in January, as Walker has now told The Scottish Sun that he has yet to hold talks over a new contract with Hearts, describing the situation as 'quiet' – but he just wants to concentrate on playing right now.

“If you look too far ahead you get distracted from playing, which is what ultimately matters, so I’m just taking each game as it comes,” said Walker on his future.

“It has been quite quiet, we don’t know what may happen in the future,” he added when asked if he had held talks over a new contract.

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