As reported by the Edinburgh Evening News, Hearts midfielder Don Cowie has told Rangers target Jamie Walker to buckle down and forget about interest from Ibrox until they come back with a better offer.
Rangers were reported to have had a second bid for the Hearts winger rejected late last week, around £400,000 short of the Tynecastle club’s valuation of him.
With the Light Blues making significant moves in the transfer market this summer though, you’d expect them to be back to try and lure the 23-year old to Glasgow.
However, teammate Don Cowie reckons Hearts’ valuation is spot on and he doesn’t want the speculation to effect Walker’s game, urging the star to put it behind him until Rangers firm up their interest.
As quoted by the Edinburgh Evening News, Cowie said:
Jamie’s our player right now and I’m looking forward to training with him next week. The club has made a stance with the value that they see him at. Until that’s met, it’s not an issue really. Up until about three-quarters through the season last year, there weren’t many better in this country than him in the area he was playing – give or take the Celtic players – in terms of end product and goals. He was fantastic and it is only right that the club want what a player like that is worth.
Cowie is right in his assertion that there weren’t many better in Walker’s position last season. He scored 15 goals across the season which would have made him the joint top scorer at Ibrox.
Time will tell how this all plays out but what seems certain is that Rangers aren’t going to get the left winger on the cheap.