By Abigail Withey

Rangers winger Michael O’Halloran has said his loan move to St Johnstone “felt right” because of the support from manager Tommy Wright.

The 26-year-old has found it difficult to land regular game time at Rangers last season after joining the club in February 2016 in a deal worth £500,000.

After joining Gers from St Johnstone, O’Halloran scored three goals to help the Glaswegian side secure the Championship title, but failed to score a single goal in 16 Premiership appearances last season.

Now, after moving back to St Johnstone, he has stated that Saints manager Tommy Wright was one of the main factors for rejoining the club in a six-month loan spell.

O’Halloran was quoted by BBC Sport as saying: “I came here a few years ago from Bolton and, at the time, it felt right when I spoke to the manager and again it feels right.

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“He knows me as a person and how to get the best out of me as a player and I trust him and I think he trusts me, which is important.

“You also see how he is with the boys, it is such a tight group, a family club and we work hard for each other.

“The manager, the staff and the boys were a big part in coming back and I am just looking forward to it.”

O’Halloran made an appearance for Wright’s side at the weekend during the Saints’ friendly match against East Fife.

St Johnstone will face Kilmarnock during the opening of the Premiership this weekend, and the 26-year-old will be expecting to feature again.

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