Hearts boss Craig Levein has confirmed the club are “interested” in signing Livingston’s Craig Halkett [Edinburgh Evening News].

The Lions captain and former Rangers youth is available on a free come the end of the season. His contract is set to expire in June.

The centre half has been one of the Scottish Premiership’s stand-outs this season. Are Rangers missing a trick not moving for the player?

Halkett has impressed in showings against both sides of the Old Firm this season. (photo by Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Halkett is a mobile, modern centre half who already has ties with the club. At 23, there’s still room for the player to develop whilst he is also ready to play for the club now. He’s proved on several occasions this season that he can cut it at Scottish Premiership level.

Rangers are also on the hunt for two new centre backs for next season. Joe Worrall has confirmed he’s heading back to Nottingham Forest, whilst Gareth McAuley is unlikely to be offered an extension to his one-year deal.

 

It means there’s room for a young, hungry centre half like Halkett to come into Rangers and impress. But is it already too late?

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Rangers might’ve moved for the player but now he looks set to join Hearts. (photo by Alan Rennie/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Reports in Edinburgh have suggested the deal is very close to being completed and Halkett himself described it as a “nice compliment” to be linked with Hearts.

We’ve mused over this plenty of times before, but the time is probably nigh for Rangers to intervene if they fancied a move.

That’s if it’s not already too late.