Former Rangers striker Derek Johnstone believes Rangers’ returning loan players can be “hugely important” for Graeme Murty in the second-half of the Scottish Premiership season.
Andy Halliday, Micheal O’Halloran and Joe Dodoo have all returned to Rangers after their respective loans ended ahead of the Gers heading out to Florida for a training camp.
Despite none of the three having particularly fruitful spells away from Ibrox Johnstone believes they could be massive players who will be “fired up” after it looked like their Ibrox careers were over under Pedro Caixinha.
“When the league comes down to the nitty gritty towards the end of the season, when the race to finish second heats up, having alternatives will be hugely important,” Johnstone said, as quoted by the Evening Times.
“O’Halloran has never managed to hold down a first team place at Rangers for long. But his pace could be a potent weapon if it is harnessed properly.
“Halliday, meanwhile, has maybe been played out of position since arriving at Ibrox two and half seasons ago. But he has certainly got great ability. Does Graeme has some thoughts about how to get the best out of him?
“Joe, meanwhile, is a big striker and that is something that has been missing. He has scored goals in the past. Can he do it on a consistent basis? We shall see. He has certainly shown he is prepared to work hard for the team up front and put himself about.
“Dodoo and Halliday haven’t played many games. But all three of them will be thankful of the chance to show what they are capable of at Rangers and will be desperate to do well. They will be fired up.”
All three are believed to have travelled with the Gers to the United STates where Graeme Murty’s side will undergo a warm weather training camp then take on Brazilians Corinthians and Atletico Mineiro in the Florida Cup before returning to Scotland.
The Light Blues return to doemstic action on January 21st when they take on Highland League minnows Fraserburgh in the fourth round of the Scottish Cup.
The Gers’ first league game after the winter break is three days later when they welcome Aberdeen to Ibrox.
Graeme Murty’s side currently trail the Dons by three points in the Scottish Premiership.
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