By Danny Wright
St. Johnstone manager Tommy Wright has made it clear that he wants to sign Rangers winger Michael O’Halloran on a permanent basis in January.
O’Halloran, 26, was sent to the Saints on loan during the summer transfer window and has already hit the ground running, scoring four goals in five appearances across all competitions leading to him winning the player of the month award.
Light Blues boss Pedro Caixinha has since asserted that the in-form flyer is not in his plans at Ibrox and doesn’t fit the mould of what he needs at the club.
Wright has now confessed that he did try to buy O’Halloran outright prior to his move to St. Johnstone but had to settle for a loan deal which expires in January.
Now, the McDiarmid Park boss has declared that he wants the chairman to raise funds to land O’Halloran on a permanent basis.
“I would hope to be able to extend the loan, but a lot of things can happen between now and then,” he said, as quoted by the Evening Times. “Our plan would be to extend it or maybe if I can get the chairman to release a few quid we might even buy him.
“We did ask about buying him, but that didn’t happen. The loan was the next best option but let’s hope we can hold on to him for some time.
“The worry is that his value increases, but I’ve gone into it as a manager knowing that worst-case scenario I will have him until January.”
Caixinha has been widely criticised after a number of the players he sold in the summer have found their shooting boots at their new clubs.
Joe Garner, Martyn Waghorn and Barrie McKay have all wasted no time in getting settled into life in the English Championship, raising further questions about Rangers’ recruitment policy over the summer after a less-than-impressive start to the season of their own.