By James Black
St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright is hopeful on-loan Rangers forward Michael O’Halloran can play through the pain barrier for his side when they face Celtic on Saturday.
Saints haven’t scored in their last five matches and the absence of their top scorer would be a huge blow for Tommy Wright’s side.
O’Halloran has been struggling with an ankle injury in recent weeks and Wright is worried that the 26-year-old will be not able to feature when the Scottish champions visit McDiarmid Park this weekend.
“Michael O’Halloran is a major concern,” Wright said, as quoted by The Courier.
“He is still complaining of discomfort in his ankle.
“He won’t train in the early part of the week and we will assess him again.
“Hopefully Michael can put up with the discomfort and decide he can play through it.
“Having spoken to the medical team here he wouldn’t be doing it any lasting damage and then we have the international break to help out.”
O’Halloran joined St. Johnstone on loan in August after falling out of favour with then-Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha.
The pacy forward moved to Ibrox from Saints in January 2016 but failed to establish himself under either Mark Warburton or Caixinha.
The 26-year-old then caused a massive row by failing to show up for an Under-20’s game against Hearts in April leading to him being forced to train on his own.
After joining St. Johnstone before the transfer window closed, O’Halloran quickly rediscovered the form which won him a move to Ibrox with five goals in as many games for Tommy Wright’s side.
O’Halloran’s loan deal ends in January although it’s unlikely he will have any future at Rangers going forward.
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