St. Johnstone manager Tommy Wright has revealed that he expects Michael O’Halloran to play his final game for his side in the Scottish top-flight on Saturday before returning to Rangers when his loan deal ends.
O’Halloran has been on loan with the McDiarmid Park side since August but is expected to return to Ibrox in the new year – although it’s unclear if he has any future at Ibrox.
The forward has been a disappointment at Ibrox since originally moving from the Perth side in 2016 and looked to have ended his own Rangers career when he no-showed an Under-20’s game earlier this year.
Wright confirmed that O’Halloran’s current deal ends after Saturday’s match when pressed to see if there was a chance he’s be staying on, but admitted that he hoped to bring him back to the Saints.
“There’s no change. This will be his last game in the current agreement,” Wright said, as quoted by the Evening Times.
“The hope from my point of view is that we can get him back but I have tried to get hold of his agent over the last few days and can’t get him. So it’s something we will have to discuss.”
O’Halloran only managed three goals in 37 appearances in his time with the Gers before hitting five in sixteen since returning to McDiarmid Park.
The former Scotland Under-21 cap cost the Gers £400,000 in what proved to be a disastrous transfer window which saw O’Halloran, Harry Forrester and forgotten Polish goalkeeper Maciej Gostomski join the Ibrox giants.
O’Halloran’s future will likely become clearer over the next week with the Gers due to travel to Florida late next week to take part in the Florida Cup with the likes of PSV Eindhoven, Atletico Mineiro and Corinthians.
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