Former Rangers attacker Michael O’Halloran has revealed Australian star Aaron Mooy gave him advice over a move to Melbourne City after agreeing a two-year deal with the A-League side.
O’Halloran’s departure was confirmed by Rangers on Sunday night as he brought a disastrous two-and-a-half-year spell at Ibrox to an end – and the 27-year-old revealed he sounded Mooy out over the move.
Mooy played for the Australians before heading to Manchester City in 2016 – and told the former St. Johnstone star that it was a “great opportunity for him” to head down under.
“He is one of my closest friends in football now and I still keep in contact with him,” O’Halloran said, as quoted by the BBC.
“I was straight on to the phone to him. He told me it was a great place and a great club with great people and it would be a great opportunity for me.”
Football Insider verdict:
A move to Australia – or anywhere really – would have been a great move for O’Halloran after doing next to nothing at Ibrox. The pacy attacker should do well in A-League but there was absolutely no chance of an Ibrox reprieve. The former St. Johnstone striker must surely go down as one of the worst Rangers signings in recent years after being signed on a whim by Mark Warburton. It’s a miracle his Gers career ever lasted as long as it did and many were surprised when he wasn’t allowed to leave permanently last summer. There can’t be many players who looked so utterly miserable while scoring on their debut and his time at Ibrox will be one he’ll want to forget. He’ll be a good signing for Melbourne City though, but it’s unlikely he’ll follow Mooy’s path to Manchester City any time soon. Melbourne City fans will also be well warned to keep an eye out and make sure he doesn’t pop up at a Melbourne Victory game.
In other Rangers transfer news, they are leading the hunt to sign an in-demand attacker from Liverpool.