The talented Hearts winger is out of contract in the summer amid links with Rangers.

Pedro Caixinha may have lauded the quality at his disposal after taking over at Rangers but, beyond the glare of the media, he will surely be putting plans in place to improve his squad in the summer.

The Daily Record reported back in December that Rangers had identified Hearts winger Sam Nicholson as a potential summer target with the 22-year-old’s contract due to expire at the end of the season.

The publication reports that Nicholson had his heart set on leaving Tynecastle but does the departure of Mark Warburton, who it is claimed wanted to secure the attacker on a pre-contract agreement, mean that the chances of him making the short trip from Edinburgh to Glasgow are all but over?

Caixinha will likely have identified his own targets and one doubts whether he would possess such an intricate knowledge of the local game to have identified Nicholson as an ideal addition to the squad.

Yet the Daily Record reports that one of the brightest young stars in the Scottish Premiership had surprisingly discussed a contract extension at Hearts early in the new year while Director of Football Craig Levein and manager Ian Cathro are determined to keep hold of one of the club’s star men.

After all, Hearts would be loath to lose a talented, improving player who emerged through their own academy system, least of all to domestic rivals Rangers.

However, as the Ibrox club seemingly in need of reinforcements in the attacking third with Kenny Miller out of contract at the end of the season and Martyn Waghorn unable to perform on a consistent basis, Caixinha should consider carrying on where Warburton left off.

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