Is long-running Rangers target Jamie Walker finding form at the perfect time?

A general view of Ibrox Stadium is seen ahead of the EURO 2016 Qualifier match between Scotland and Georgia at Ibrox Stadium on October 11, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Rangers failed to sign Jamie Walker from Hearts in the summer despite constant speculation of a move to Ibrox.

Jamie Walker of Heart of Midlothian controls the ball during the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Hearts and Celtic at Tynecastle Stadium on April 2, 2017 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

It has all gone cold on the Jamie Walker front of late.

Barely a day went by in July and August without a report linking Rangers with a move for the Hearts winger. But Walker surprisingly stayed at Tynecastle after the window shut as Rangers refused to meet his £1 million price-tag, as reported by the Daily Record – their third and final bid reaching just £600,000.

With Walker clearly unimpressed that his so-called suitors were refusing to stump up a little more for his services, and telling the Daily Record that he would even look for a bigger move than Ibrox in the future, it appeared that a deal may be dead in the water.

Jamie Walker of Hearts scores a goal from a penalty rebound during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Heart of Midlothian FC and St Johnstone FC at Tynecastle Stadium on...

And it appears that Walker has found form at the perfect time with the January window just a month away. He is out of contract at the end of the season and is expected to be the subject of interest once again.

Hearts manager Craig Levein stated that Walker played his best game of a frustrating season in last weekend’s goalless draw with Ross County, via the Daily Record. And he will need to recapture the form of 2016/17, where he hit a career-best 15 goals, if he is to secure a big move away from the Edinburgh club.

The question is, will Rangers renew their interest? With Pedro Caixinha no longer at the helm, it is unknown whether the club are still interested in a player the now sacked Portuguese seemed determined to sign.

Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha gestures during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Hibernian at Ibrox Stadium on August 12, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

But there is still a lack of options on the left wing – something the natural wideman Walker could solve by moving to Ibrox. And with Hearts possibly forced to accept a cut-price transfer fee, the 24-year-old could be more within Rangers’ price-range.

Will he forgive them for refusing to put their money where their mouth is in the summer though?

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