Rangers fans are regularly critical of Walker’s coverage of the Ibrox club with the Sky Sports commentator’s negative commentary alongside Ian Crocker a major Ibrox bugbear.
For the eventual 4-0 victory over Hearts, Rangers legend Ally McCoist was drafted in and Ibrox fans weren’t subjected to 90 minutes of droning soundbites from the former Parkhead star.
But this time around the outspoken former Celtic star was trying to get a rise out of Rangers fans pre-match as he boldly predicted a Hearts victory at Tynecastle.
Andy Walker: “Hearts will beat Rangers”
“I’m going to be bold,” said Andy Walker [GO Radio Football Show: 29/09/22].
“I think Hearts will beat Rangers. I think they’ve got the players and again I was at Ibrox recently; saw Rangers win against Dundee United but there were frailties there.
“And you wonder about the makeup of the starting 11. I mean I am all for giving young lads a chance you know Charlie McCann, Leon King but it’s not Rangers at their strongest and it’s always interesting listening to Giovanni van Bronckhorst saying it’s the strongest squad that he’s there.
“I think Rangers have had a stronger squad certainly in Steven Gerrard’s time. And maybe they have had players playing at a better level. You know Ryan Kent, (Alfredo) Morelos.
“We’ve already spoke about them. Of course (Joe) Aribo and (Calvin) Bassey I think were huge for Rangers but it will be interesting to see how they get on at such a difficult venue.”
Rangers would go on to deliver amid the pressure against Hearts with Antonio Colak netting a double and Alfredo Morelos and Ryan Kent scoring later in the second half.
Perhaps speaking more out of hope than expectation after his team’s slip up to St Mirren, not only was Andy Walker thoroughly embarrassed by Rangers but something tells us he didn’t have the best of Saturdays either.
Rangers sent out a message with the result and the title race with Celtic is not only far from over, it’s only just getting started.