Ferguson slates Caixinha for treatment of Rangers 26-year-old
By Harry Sykes
Barry Ferguson has slammed Pedro Caixinha for going public with his criticism of Rangers forward Michael O’Halloran.
The winger, 26, joined St Johnstone on a season-long loan last month and has made a big early impact with four goals in four matches.
But Caixinha made it clear that he is not a fan of O’Halloran as he explained the player has no future at the club while he is manager.
“He is not my type of player,” Caixinha said, as quoted by the official Rangers Twitter account. “He is not the type of player Rangers need.”
PC on O’Halloran: He is not my type of player. He is not the type of player Rangers need.
— Rangers FC (@RangersFC) August 25, 2017
Ibrox legend Ferguson, 39, hit out at Caixinha for the manner in which he undermined a player still on the club’s books.
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“I didn’t like that about Michael O’Halloran,” he told BBC Scotland’s Sportsound, as quoted by the BBC website. “I thought that was a bit unfair on the boy. If you don’t rate a player or you don’t like him, I think you should do it behind closed doors, not publicly.”
O’Halloran joined Rangers from St Johnstone 18 months ago for £500,000 after 16 goals in 90 appearances.
He struggled to make an impact at Ibrox and was forced to train with the youth team shortly after Caixinha’s arrival at the club.
Nearly half of O’Halloran’s 37 outings for Rangers came off the bench, he only found the net three times and fell out of favour after Caixinha took over in March.
However, his second spell at St Johnstone has begun brightly and he would have scored a hat-trick in the club’s second Scottish Premiership match of the season had a late penalty not been saved.
In other Rangers transfer news, the club made a last-gasp move to sign a £45,000-a-week striker who would have catapulted them to the league title.