Rangers dodged £1m mistake as Jamie Walker reportedly nears Hearts return

Rangers fans enjoy the atmosphere ahead of the Scottish Cup Semi Final match between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 15, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Scottish Premiership giants Rangers failed with two bids for Jamie Walker in 2017 before he joined Wigan Athletic instead.

Jamie Walker of Heats in action during the UEFA Europa League First Qualifying Round match between Heart of Midlothian FC and FC Infonet Tallinn at Tyncastle Stadium on June 30, 2016 in...

Even the most mild-mannered Rangers fan would have been sick of hearing about Jamie Walker during the summer of 2017.

Barely a day went by without the Hearts winger being linked with a move to Ibrox. With 15 goals and seven assists across the 2016/17 campaign, Rangers’ interest certainly made sense but that does not mean that they were ready to pay the fee Hearts wanted for their reigning Player of the Year.

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As reported by the Daily Record, The Gers made two bids but they simply refused to meet Walker’s £1 million price tag. He was forced to stay at Tynecastle then, before joining Wigan Athletic just a few months later.

 

But, in a shock twist, Walker’s career now looks set to come full circle within 18 months.

Edinburgh News claims that the winger is heading back to Hearts after a miserable spell south of the border. He was a huge disappointment at Wigan and a loan spell at Peterborough hardly went to plan either.

Jamie Walker of Hearts celebrates scoring a goal during the first half of the Scottish Championship match between Heart of Midlothian F.C. and Hibernian F.C. at Tynecastle Stadium on...

 

And Walker’s performances over the last 18 months merely suggest that Rangers were right to stand firm and avoid paying a seven-figure sum.

As it stands, Jordan Jones and Jake Hastie now look like far more exciting talents while Sheyi Ojo could be a revelation at Ibrox if he finds form on loan from Liverpool. Walker, in hindsight, looks like a £1 million mistake.

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.

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