First Team

Walker: Deserved win

2nd February 2017

Jamie Walker believes bigger scoreline wouldn't have flattered Hearts in win over Rangers.

Jamie Walker believes a bigger scoreline wouldn’t have flattered Hearts last night, despite a resounding 4-1 win over Rangers.

The winger hit a brace as the Jambos proved too much for their Glasgow counterparts to handle, and the born-and-bred Hearts man hopes the victory will prove a launching pad for the season ahead.

"I think five or six wouldn't have flattered us,” he said. “With the group of players we have, we've got the quality and we just need to show it every week.

“I think we were a bit frustrated but we've got a game against Motherwell at the weekend and a big game against Hibs.

“We need to keep working hard and improving.”

The midfield talisman reserved special words of praise for Head Coach Ian Cathro after he masterminded Hearts’ biggest win over Rangers in 21 years.

“I'm delighted for the manager,” he said. “He's had a tough time since he came in. He's been trying to get his ideas across and we showed last night that, finally, it's paid off.

“We scored four goals against a good Rangers side and we need to kick on now.”

A sold out Tynecastle spurred the men in maroon to a thumping victory with a tremendous backing from first whistle to last, and the 22-year-old thanked the fans for their support and revealed he hasn’t given up hope of catching second place.

“A bit of the victory was for them,” he said. “They've been patient with us over the season.

“It's been a tough ride since the gaffer came in but nights like last night make it worth it.

“Can we still catch second place? Yes, definitely.

“Aberdeen lost last night so we've gained a few points on them. We just need to keep playing well.”