Rangers should offer Craig Halkett Ibrox return as contract runs down

Steven Gerrard, Manager of Rangers arrives prior to the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Livingston and Rangers at Tony Macaroni Arena on January 27, 2019 in Livingston, United Kingdom.

Scottish Premiership trio Aberdeen, Hibernian and Hearts are all reportedly keen to sign former Rangers defender Halkett from Livingston.

Craig Halkett of Livingston during a pre-season friendly match between Livingston FC and Sunderland AFC at the Almondvale Stadium on July 12, 2017 in Livingston, Scotland.

Every team in the world has their own ‘one that got away’, from Raul at Atletico Madrid to Ryan Giggs at Manchester City, Michael Essien’s close shave at Burnley and Arsenal’s aborted Zlatan Ibrahimovic trial.

And Craig Halkett could prove to be the one Rangers regret letting go.

 

Few batted an eyelash when the young defender was released in January 2016 without ever making an appearance for the Gers. Three years on, however, he has proved himself as one of Scotland’s most exciting young defenders, helping Livingston to successive promotions before standing out in the top flight.

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According to the Express (21 February, page 52), Halkett could be on his way to one of Rangers’ Scottish Premiership rivals on a pre-contract agreement with just four months remaining until he becomes a free agent.

Alfredo Morelos of Rangers vies with Craig Halkett of Livingston during the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Livingston and Rangers at Tony Macaroni Arena on January 27, 2019 in...

It is understood that Hearts, Hibernian and Aberdeen all want to snap up the 23-year-old. But considering that Joe Worrall is only on loan at Ibrox and Gareth McAuley arrived on a one-year deal last summer, there is room at Ibrox for another centre-back and Rangers should be chomping at the bit to stop Halkett strengthening one of their top flight neighbours.

“It is flattering, of course. I’ve got pals who are Rangers fans asking me if it’s true but I have to tell them I’ve not paid it any notice,” Halkett told the Sunday Post in December when asked about a potential return to Ibrox.

Maybe he could be tempted.

Craig Halkett of Livingston FC celebrates victory following the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Livingston and Rangers at Almondvale Stadium on September 30, 2018 in Livingston,...

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