Former Rangers youngster Craig Halkett insists that he’s ready to return to action for Hearts tomorrow after seven weeks out through injury – and admits he’s always been targeting making his return against his former club.
Halkett joined the Jambos over the summer after impressing at Livingston but has suffered an injury-hit start to his career at Tynecastle.
The defender will give interim boss Austin MacPhee another defensive option for the trip to Ibrox and Halkett is just “delighted to be back.”
“It’s been a long time out so I’m just delighted to be back,” Halkett said, as quoted by the Edinburgh Evening News.
“This was the one I was aiming for when I first got injured seven weeks ago. I was given eight to ten weeks as a timeframe and I was always focused on getting back just before that if I could do everything right without hiccups.
“This was the game it fell for.”
Given the length of time Halkett has been out of action, if he does start, 25-goal Alfredo Morelos will no doubt be eager to see just how ready to return the former Rangers kid is.
After the 2-2 draw with Feyenoord on Thursday night, Rangers boss Steven Gerrard is likely to make some changes to his side for the Ibrox clash.
With a cup final looming on the horizon, Gerrard will be desperate to keep his key players fit and avoid losing them for the Hampden showpiece.