Mackay: This Rangers star is no troublemaker, throws doubt on Caixinha claims
By Matt Bullin
Stirling Albion boss Dave Mackay has given his thoughts on Michael O’Halloran’s exile from the Rangers first team.
Mackay, who played alongside O’Halloran at St Johnstone, has insisted that the winger is not a troublemaker after reports that he did not turn up for an Under-20s game he was due to play in.
O’Halloran’s failure to show up at the Under-20s game resulted in Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha removing him from the senior side’s training session at Murray Park.
The 26-year-old met with Caixinha after the incident and was forced to train separately from the rest of the first team squad.
His future at the club now seems to be in doubt.
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O’Halloran played alongside Mackay for two years before his move to Rangers last January for £500,ooo.
Speaking to the Daily Record, Mackay, whose own playing career ended last season after an ongoing hip problem, said that he believed O’Halloran to be a dedicated professional.
He said: “I don’t think anyone ever had a problem with Michael throughout all of his time at St Johnstone. I don’t think he is the type of boy who would cause bother in a changing room.
“I find it hard to imagine the guy I worked with would know the details or where and when he needed to be and then just would not turn up.
“I’m sure there is some sort of explanation. I’d be so surprised if that was the case – that he just didn’t turn up.”
O’Halloran, 26, has struggled to make an impact in the Rangers first team since his arrival from St Johnstone, and this season he has 24 league and cup appearances and five assists to his name.
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