Mark Warburton to offload bit-part Rangers duo - report
By Will Butcher
Rangers could be set to wave goodbye to out-of-favour duo Michael O’Halloran and Matt Crooks, according to a report.
The Scottish Sun claim attacker O’Halloran could rejoin former club St. Johnstone on loan, while Crooks is also set to join another club until the end of the season.
Mark Warburton is set to be active in the January transfer window to kickstart his side’s Scottish Premiership campaign, with a number of players reportedly interesting the Gers boss.
Likely to be through the front door at Ibrox first this month is Arsenal youngster Jan Toral, after Guillem Balague said that a move was close to completion.
That could see attacker O’Halloran leave the 54-time Scottish champions, as he is already behind the likes of attacking trio Barrie McKay, Kenny Miller and Harry Forrester.
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Signed from St. Johnstone just over a year ago, O’Halloran has failed to hit the heights that had been promised with just three goals in 31 league and cup appearances.
He could join Crooks in leaving, who is behind Josh Windass, Andy Halliday and Jason Holt in the midfield pecking order after a number of injuries. With Niko Kranjcar and Jordan Rossiter also looking to return from injury, Crooks could find his place at Rangers under scrutiny.
Football Insider verdict
With funds tight at Rangers, the 54-time Scottish champions would be wise to sell some of their fringe players, although getting them off the wage bill on loan would be good too. With Jan Toral more than capable of providing that kind of talent in Glasgow, allowing both Crooks and O’Halloran to leave is a wise decision and although they will be missed, Warburton has the funds to bring in someone he believes will have more of an impact for the Gers. The duo could be the start of a mini exodus this month, with a number of players struggling for game time under Warburton.
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