Confirmed: Rangers attacker exits Ibrox as manager raves about new signing
Melbourne City manager Warren Joyce has confirmed his club have signed Rangers striker Michael O’Halloran.
The former St. Johnstone striker has been an unmitigated disaster at Ibrox and leaves as the Gers fly out to Spain to step up their pre-season preparations under Steven Gerrard.
The striker struggled to impress at Ibrox before no-showing an Under-20s game last year sparked the beginning of the end for his Gers career.
Melbourne City boss Warren Joyce confirmed his side had added O’Halloran to their squad – and claimed he is an “exciting player to watch.”
“Michael brings a wealth of experience from a number of clubs, including one of the biggest in Europe. He’s a very exciting player to watch – he has pace to burn and is capable of creating and scoring goals. I still remember watching him at Bolton Wanderers where he played in the same youth team as Aaron Mooy,” Joyce said as quoted by the Sydney Morning Herald.
“He will be an important addition to the squad and I know he is very ready to start preseason
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The news was later confirmed on the official Melbourne City Twitter page.
— Melbourne City FC (@MelbourneCity) June 18, 2018
Football Insider verdict:
O’Halloran should never have been signed by Rangers and the fact the Gers have wasted so much money on him is a disappointment. After no-showing an Under-20s game last year he should have been sacked and it is only a miracle he somehow managed to stay on the payroll at Ibrox. Moving to Australia will see O’Halloran play at a level where he should be successful but he was never going to be good enough to have any sort of impact at Ibrox. There’s an argument that signing O’Halloran from St. Johnstone was the start of Mark Warburton’s downfall as Rangers boss. Spending £450,000 on him and then not playing would give some credence to the suggestion. One thing’s for certain though, there won’t be many Rangers fans upset at O’Halloran leaving the club – even if the Gers haven’t received a fee for him. After two-and-a-half years at Ibrox, 28 appearances – and no major injury – tells you all you need to know about O’Halloran’s time with the Gers.
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