Livingston defender Craig Halkett has been linked with a move to Hearts as his contract is set to expire at the end of the season.

The former Rangers youth has been on fine form for Livi this year. The Scottish Premiership’s surprise package currently occupy 9th in the table, sixteen points off Hamilton below in 10th.

Safety has been assured for the Lions but vultures are swarming around their captain. Should Rangers reignite their interest?

LIVINGSTON, SCOTLAND – JANUARY 27: Alfredo Morelos of Rangers vies with Craig Halkett of Livingston during the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Livingston and Rangers at Tony Macaroni Arena on January 27, 2019 in Livingston, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The Scotsman credit both Hibs and Hearts as being interested in the 23-year-old centre half. Halkett himself has intimated his desire to leave West Lothian in the summer.

As quoted in the same article by The Scotsman, Halkett said:

“There’s a good group of maybe nine or ten of us who have been with the club since League One and the double promotions. So, I think it’s only fair that the boys who have performed well go on and get their moves.

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“Nice compliment”

“For me, it’s a nice compliment to be linked with a team as big as Hearts.

“I’m not sure what is going to happen next season because I have not made my mind up. Once the end of the season comes, I will make my decision.”

It certainly sounds like Halkett has one eye on the exit door at the Tony Macaroni. There were tenuous links to the centre half as Football Insider claimed Rangers were eyeing the player up last October.

20th January 2019, Tynecastle Park, Edinburgh, Scotland; Scottish Cup football fourth round, Heart of Midlothian versus Livingston; Craig Halkett of Livingston holds back David Vanecek of Hearts (photo by Alan Rennie/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Rangers need a pair of centre halves going into next season too. Joe Worrall has said he’s going back to Nottingham Forest [originally The Scottish Sun], whilst Gareth McAuley’s contract is about to expire. He is unlikely to be offered a new deal.

But is burly centre half Halkett of sufficient quality to partner Connor Goldson or Nikola Katic at the heart of the Ibrox defence?