Premiership boss takes dig at Caixinha's management of Rangers 26-year-old
By Harvey Byrne
St. Johnstone manager Tommy Wright has taken a dig at Pedro Caixinha’s management of Rangers winger and loanee Michael O’Halloran, claiming “certain players respond to how they’re managed.”
The 26-year-old Glasgow-born forward made his return to the Saints earlier in the summer on a loan deal until January after falling out of favour with Caixinha at Ibrox.
Since his move however the Portuguese boss has slammed O’Halloran, stating he is not his type of player, nor the type that Rangers need.
Those comments provoked a response from Wright, who defended the Scottish attacker, while also suggesting that had Caixinha worked better with him then O’Halloran would have performed better for Rangers.
“Michael’s got pace, he goes past people, he stretches teams, he gives assists, he scores goals, he’s a great lad and a great professional on the pitch and off the pitch and he’s played in big games,” told Wright to BBC Radio Scotland, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
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“He’s a Scottish Cup winner and I’m delighted to have him back.
“If we can keep him beyond January that would be absolutely brilliant for us.
“To be fair I think certain players respond to how they’re managed and I’m very close to Michael in terms of the relationship I have with him.
“There has been a huge turnaround in players at Rangers and when a new manager comes in obviously he wanted to make wholesale changes which he’s entitled to and Michael was one of the victims of that.”
O’Halloran completed a move to Rangers in February 2016 for a fee of £500,000 from St. Johnstone.
During his year and a half at the club he returned just three goals and six assists in 37 matches in total and he has already beaten that goal return on his return to the Saints with four goals from his first five matches in all competitions.
O’Halloran is still contracted to the Ibrox club until 2020, but he may now be eyeing a permanent return to Wright’s side.
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