Top-flight manager urges his chairman to sign Rangers winger
By Harry Sykes
St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright has urged his chairman to try and sign Rangers outcast Michael O’Halloran.
The Scottish Premiership admitted he is keen to bring the 26-year-old back to the club just 18 months after he quit for the Glasgow giants.
Wright is sceptical about Rangers’ willingness to offload winger O’Halloran even though he has only made 18 starts since leaving Perth in a £500,000 deal and is in manager Pedro Caixinha’s bad books after failing to turn up for Under-20s duty last month.
He still has three years to run on his contract, which expires in the summer of 2020, but it is clear that his stock remains high in Scotland.
“I don’t think Michael’s available for loan,” Wright told the Dundee Evening Telegraph. “If he was, that would be a player I would urge the chairman to go and try and sign for us, but Michael is under contract at Rangers.
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“If there is going to be speculation about his future at Rangers, it’s easy to see we would be a club that would be suited for him but there’s been nothing formal.”
O’Halloran has struggled to make an impact at the Light Blues since joining from St Johnstone in January 2016.
He has made just six league starts this season, featuring in only one of Caixinha’s eight games in charge of the team when he played the second half of the 1-1 draw against Motherwell in an unfamiliar wing-back position due to a spate of injuries.
Despite his recent disciplinary faux-pas, O’Halloran was on the bench for Rangers’ recent 2-0 defeat to Celtic at Ibrox but he was not included in the matchday squad for last weekend’s last-gasp win over Partick Thistle.
He has made 24 appearances in all competitions for Rangers this season, which have not yielded a single goal although he has supplied five assists.
O’Halloran started off in the Celtic youth team set-up before spells at Bolton, Sheffield United, Carlisle, Tranmere and St Johnstone.
In other Rangers transfer news, Caixinha has made emphatic decisions on four players ahead of the summer window.