COMMENT By Richard Parks
Rangers must bin Michael O’Halloran for good this summer.
Ostracised by former boss Pedro Caixinha after a falling-out and sent on loan to St Johnstone, the winger returned in January as Graeme Murty offered him a clean slate.
But the 27-year-old has remained a peripheral figure, failing to make the matchday squad on a single occasion since his return.
No bigger question mark hangs over any player at Ibrox than O’Halloran, the £500,000 signing who was the most expensive of the 30 arrivals made when former manager Mark Warburton was at the helm.
The problem is he has two more years remaining on his contract and can sit tight and pick up his wage until the summer of 2020.
Rangers must not allow that to happen, and nor should they allow him to go out on loan to another Scottish Premiership club on a deal in which they are footing most of the bill for his wages.
Instead, they should get rid, even if it means selling at a major loss, which is inevitable given that he can’t even make the matchday 18.
O’Halloran was signed halfway through the Championship season, when Warburton fell in love with the player after he tore Rangers up for toilet paper during St Johnstone’s League Cup win at Ibrox.
That was because Rangers played with a high line that O’Halloran exploited. He has never looked as effective in a Gers shirt.
Offloading him would free up space on the wage bill for the club to push through the signature signing of on-loan Jamie Murphy.
Director of football Mark Allen has already secured the first option on converting his loan into a permanent deal and has a hot line to his parent club Brighton.
These are two transfers that are of paramount importance for Rangers as they rebuild.
In other Rangers news, the club’s board “have been on their knees begging” 70-yr-old to take over as manager.