Craig Halkett says he is ‘ready to go’ for Hearts when they take on Rangers at Ibrox this afternoon.

The defender has been out with knee ligament problems since an injury against St Mirren in September.

Halkett set for a Hearts return at Ibrox. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

He’s back in contention for a trip to former club Rangers and the centre-half insists making this game was always his target.

Halkett told the Edinburgh Evening News: “It’s been a long time out so I’m just delighted to be back. 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.

“That’s me ready. I’ve been back fit and training for two weeks with the squad now. I did a good couple of weeks with the physio back out on the pitch before I went back in with the squad.

Halkett moved to Hearts from Livingston in the summer. (photo by Alan Rennie/Action Plus via Getty Images)

“I’m fighting fit and ready to go if selected.”

Halkett return to old home

Ibrox is one place Halkett is familiar with. He spent time with the Glasgow club as a youngster before he switched to Livingston for senior football.

That’s turned out to be the best decision of his career as he’s now one of the SPFL’s best defenders when fit. He shone for Livi in their comeback Premiership season and earned a move to Hearts in the process.

Livi spell made him who he is today. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

You’d like to think he’ll be in contention to start in Govan. Hearts need all their best players back and quick, with the club currently joint-bottom of the league.

A return for Halkett against Rangers though will be a boost on the playing side of things for Hearts at least.

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