Rangers striker Michael O’Halloran must be counting his lucky charms after somehow managing to remain at Ibrox for a full 12 months after it looked like he had torpedoed his own Gers career by no-showing an Under-20s game – but this summer must surely be the end for the pacy frontman.
O’Halloran landed himself in hot water by skipping the Under-20s clash with Hearts at Forthbank 12 months ago – raising the ire of current first-team boss Graeme Murty – and has since played more games for St. Johnstone than the Gers despite still being on the Ibrox payroll.
O’Halloran was incredibly lucky not to find himself released by the Gers at the time but that the £450k signing is still somehow drawing a wage from the Light Blues a year on is quite remarkable.
After being banished to train on his own, O’Halloran was eventually shipped out on loan to St. Johnstone last summer before returning to Ibrox in January.
The former Scotland Under-21 international was an unexpected substitute in the weekend win over Dundee but it’s unlikely he’ll see any more game-time before the season draws to a close next month.
With only six games left this season, O’Halloran’s career at Ibrox looks like it is finally drawing to a close and must surely be a cautionary tale for any future Gers boss who considers signing someone on the back of a good performance against the Light Blues.