Caixinha to hold talks with forward as Rangers transfer edges closer - report
By Harry Sykes
Pedro Caixinha will hold showdown talks with Michael O’Halloran after he failed to turn up for Rangers Under-20s’ fixture against Hearts on Monday, according to a report.
The Daily Record claim Ibrox manager Caixinha will conduct crunch discussions with the wide forward, 26, that will determine whether he will play any part in the summer rebuilding plans.
It is said that O’Halloran’ future is on the line as the possibility of a transfer in the forthcoming window has been increased significantly by his no-show.
The 26-year-old had been told to report for the youth-team clash at Forthbank after being left out of the Rangers senior squad for their 3-0 Scottish Premiership triumph at Aberdeen on Sunday.
The Daily Record claim the former Scotland Under-21 international O’Halloran stunned Graeme Murty, who recently was in caretaker charge of the senior side, and his coaching staff by failing to turn up for action without offering an explanation.
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The player’s reported action prompted stern responses from Rangers fans, with many calling for him to be sold at the first opportunity this summer.
O’Halloran has struggled to make an impact at Rangers since joining from St Johnstone for £500,000 in January 2016.
He has made just six league starts this season, featuring in only one of Caixinha’s four games in charge of Rangers.
O’Halloran was linked with moves to Hearts, Motherwell, Ross County and St Johnstone during the recent winter transfer window, although it remains to be seen whether either of the quartet will renew their interest in the coming months.
O’Halloran, who started off in the Celtic academy ranks before spells at Bolton, Sheffield United, Carlisle, Tranmere and St Johnstone, is contracted to Rangers until the summer of 2020.
Meanwhile, Rangers gained ground at the weekend in the race to finish second in the league, narrowing the gap on second-placed Aberdeen to nine points.
Caixinha’s third-placed side will consider there is still an opportunity to overhaul Derek McInnes’ team with just six matches of the campaign remaining.
In other Rangers news, one of the club’s midfielders has agreed the terms of a mammoth new deal.