Lawrence Shankland has opened up on his future following a January transfer window full of speculation.

The Scotland international and Hearts captain was heavily linked with a move away from Tynecastle at the turn of the year, with Rangers the favourites to gain his signature.

Shankland was also offered two new deals by his current employer, but ultimately nothing was signed during the window.

The 28-year-old is now fully focused on all things Hearts as he aims to land third spot in the Scottish Premiership for the Gorgie outfit.

"I've 18 months left on my contract," he said. "That was the biggest point, it's not as if I'm out of contract at the end of the season. The deadline thing was on the club's part to draw a line under it come the end of January and we can move on from there.

"I'm sure talks will continue further down the line. At this moment in time, I've got 18 months left on this deal that I'm on. We can move on with that, there's not really any mad rush to get stuff sorted as soon as possible. 

"The deadline being on it was probably a bit quick on my part for how much I've got to consider going forward - my age and stuff.

"As I said, I'm happy here. I'm really enjoying my football. I'm hoping my form and performances are showing that. I imagine, further down the line, the talks will open again. As Naisy said, we'd like to put it to bed and just concentrate on the football again."