Ex-Rangers kid Craig Halkett set to roar Hearts on against Celtic at Scottish Cup final as he prepares to complete summer move from Livingston


CRAIG HALKETT has revealed he will be in amongst the Hearts support for the Scottish Cup final as he prepares to join the club this summer.

The Livingston skipper is desperate to finish the season in style with the Lions and scored a wonder goal from 40 yards out to earn a 1-1 draw with St Johnstone on Saturday.

The 23-year-old will then complete his move to Hearts after penning a pre-contract agreement that will see him sign a three-year deal with the Jambos.

And he will instantly begin his Tynecastle spell by watching his new team-mates in their Hampden clash with treble-chasing Celtic.

He said: “I think it’s that time of the season for Hearts where they will have one eye on the Scottish Cup final for the rest of their [league] games.

“That is a massive one for them and a chance to get into Europe so I think they will be fully focused on that.

“I am going to watch the final. I’ve spoken to Hearts and they’ve managed to get me a couple of tickets.

“It should be a good game, I am looking forward to it.”


Halkett’s spectacular goal was his seventh of the campaign and he revealed that, in their discussions, Hearts boss Craig Levein has already urged him to find the target in maroon.

But the former Rangers youngster admits he is unlikely to ever net as good a goal as the weekend’s in the rest of his career.

He added: “It is one of the things I spoke with Craig Levein about.  He likes his centre-halves to score some goals so I am glad that is me up to seven for the season.

“I don’t think I’ve scored a more spectacular one. It was just one of those that you know when you hit it.

“My other goals have been headers and a penalty. But I am definitely claiming that one, I meant it 100 per cent

“I’ve looked at the goal back on the Livingston laptop and the video assistant said it was 40 yards. Maybe it will be 50 yards later!

“It’s the best, I will struggle to top this goal at any point in my career. I’m delighted.”