By James Black
Pedro Caixinha has revealed that he hopes to cash in on Michael O’Halloran and take advantage of the form that has seen the in-form Rangers forward pick up the SPFL Premiership Player of the Month while on loan at St Johnstone.
The 26-year-old has scored four goals in four league games for the Perth side after returning to McDiarmid Park in July, more than he scored in 18 months at Ibrox.
Caixinha spoke after O’Halloran took aim at the Portuguese boss by claiming he was “difficult to understand” and organised undemanding training sessions.
The manager, who was heavily linked with signing Hearts winger Jamie Walker this summer, revealed he wants to cash in on the wide man.
“It’s his decision (to speak out) and I respect it but I just hope he continues doing very good because ultimately he is our player and if they (St Johnstone) want to buy him – or someone else wants to buy him – if he is scoring goals, it will be perfect for us,” Caixnha told the Evening Telegraph.
Caixinha’s predecessor in the Ibrox manager’s office Mark Warburton signed O’Halloran for £450,000 in January 2016 but the former Scotland Under-21s cap struggled at Ibrox and couldn’t convince Warburton or Caixinha to give him a consistent run of games to prove his worth.
The forward found himself in trouble with the Rangers management team after failing to show up at an Under-20s match he was scheduled to start in against Hearts at Stirling Albion’s Forthbank Stadium in April.
Caixinha banished O’Halloran to train away from the squad for a number of weeks as punishment before looking to move him on over the summer.
Some Rangers fans have questioned the wisdom of a public spat with O’Halloran considering the club will be looking to recoup as much of the transfer fee paid for him, however with Ibrox deal running until 2020, it’s unlikely it will be resolved any time soon.
O’Halloran’s current loan deal ends on January 1st however it looks like there is no way back for the striker under Caixinha.
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