First Team

Walker's eyes on the prize

12th January 2015

In-form winger's sole focus is on winning league title.

Jamie Walker provided another dazzling display in Saturday’s 5-1 thrashing of Dumbarton and insisted Tynecastle is where he wants to be.

Walker scored one, assisted both of Género Zeefuik’s debut goals and won a penalty in a fine individual performance that earned rave reviews from head coach Robbie Neilson.

When questioned about alleged interest from abroad, the winger acknowledged the reports and admitted he was flattered to be linked with a move to the continent, but insisted his focus was fully on the Gorgie side’s promotion quest.

"I haven’t heard anything other than a few rumours and I’ve taken a bit of stick from the lads in the dressing-room,” said the Riccarton graduate. “I am delighted to be speculated about like that so we will just see how that goes. I can’t forget that Hearts are a big club, too. We are top of the league and are going for the title, and my focus is on that entirely.”

Hearts head to Ibrox on Friday to take on second placed Rangers, looking to extend their 13 point lead over the Scottish League One champions.

Walker was adamant that even if the Jambos managed to protect their unbeaten run, the Scottish Championship title would not be assured until it was mathematically certain.

“We are not top of the table for no reason so we will go to Ibrox, play our normal game and hopefully get the three points as well," he said. "I don't think you can say the title will be won if we avoid defeat.

“It won't be won until there aren’t enough points left to catch us. We need to keep on winning every week because we have got the unbeaten record to look after as well."

Finally, Walker - designated penalty taker in the side - revealed his motive behind giving debutant Zeefuik the ball after being tripped by the Sons’ Scott Linton, and praised the powerful striker for his debut performance.

“It was windy but it gave us an option to hit the big man today, and as a striker it’s his job to score goals, which he managed to do today. I let him have the penalty because he was on a hat-trick. I’m a team player.

“I did it off my own back. I thought he might like to take it. It had nothing to do with the fact that I was scared because he’s so big!”