By Wayne Veysey

13th Aug, 2017 | 9:00pm

Manager: I have been blown away by improvement of this Rangers player

By Harry Sykes

Michael O’Halloran has improved in the 18 months since he ended his first spell at St Johnstone, according to the club’s manager Tommy Wright.

O’Halloran has made a big impact since returning to the Perth side on a season-long loan from Rangers.

The winger scored twice for St Johnstone in their 4-1 league win against Motherwell on Saturday and would have had a hat-trick had his late penalty not been saved by substitute goalkeeper Russell Griffiths.

The Scottish forward, 26, lifted his tally to three goals in three games since arriving at McDiarmid Park for what is his second spell at the club.

“Michael has come back and I think he is even better,” said Wright to BBC Sport after the convincing win. “To score three goals already is an incredible start for him.”

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Rangers supporters took to social to have their say on O’Halloran’s matchwinning display just weeks after quitting Ibrox, with some claiming he should be starring for his parent club.

O’Halloran initially joined St Johnstone in 2014 after leaving Bolton Wanderers and scored 16 goals in 90 appearances before he was sold to Rangers in January of last year for £500,000.

Nearly half of his 37 outings for Rangers came off the bench, he only found the net three times and fell out of favour after Pedro Caixinha took over in March.

There were reports that he refused to play for the club’s youth team after Caixinha frozen him out of the senior set-up at Ibrox.

Rangers lost 3-2 at home to Hibernian on Saturday, while O’Halloran’s new club are the early Premiership leaders after the first two rounds of games.

In other Rangers news, fans have destroyed a summer signing on Twitter for his display against Hibernian.

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