Rangers fans react to report senior player will be sold after row
By Alex Stevens
Michael O’Halloran failed to show up for Rangers Under-20s’ fixture against Hearts on Monday – and supporters have taken to Twitter to destroy the winger.
Rangers news site Got The Battle Fever On have claimed that the 26-year-old could be nearing the end of his career with the Ibrox giants after he went AWOL for the clash at Forthbank.
O’Halloran was told to report the youth-team clash after being left out of Pedro Caixinha’s senior squad for the 3-0 Scottish Premiership triumph at Aberdeen on Sunday.
It is said the 26-year-old stunned Graeme Murty and his coaching staff by failing to turn up for action without offering an explanation.
The youth system in Scotland allows for senior players to play in the academy matches, effectively making them the reserves, and recently Josh Windass, Danny Wilson, Joe Dodoo and Harry Forrester have all featured.
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The player’s reported action prompted swift and strong responses from Rangers fans, with many desperate to now see the back of him.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
O’halloran hasn’t turned up since the day he signed, never mind for a youth game! Another example of warburton wasting money.
— The Great Waldo (@ThenNow4evaBlue) April 11, 2017
I see O’halloran is desperately trying to get sacked. He is absolutely desperate for Rangers to rip up the remainder of his 4 year contract
— Paul (@Paul_brennan18) April 11, 2017
— Ibrox Loyal (@IL_Official) April 11, 2017
My feed right now is about O’Halloran. Whether this story is true or not, he’ll go in the summer anyway
— Scott McCallum (@CaptainSparda) April 11, 2017
I wouldn’t release O’Halloran from his Rangers contract for anything less than £40m Dembele Dollars ????
— Sir Pedro MBE (@54Beats44) April 11, 2017
CORRECTION: Rangers forward Michael O’Halloran failed to show up for the 2016/17 season pic.twitter.com/9H8WETQSoi
— Oldfirmfacts (@Oldfirmfacts1) April 11, 2017
Has Michael O’Halloran had his ‘chance’ yet? Never a @RangersFC player.
— BMC Rangers Rants (@BMCRangersRants) April 11, 2017
The January 2016 signing from St Johnstone has made just six league starts this season, featuring in only one of Pedro Caixinha’s four games in charge of Rangers.
O’Halloran was linked with moves to Hearts, Motherwell, Ross County and St Johnstone during the recent winter transfer window, although it remains to be seen whether either of the quartet will renew their interest in the coming months.
The former Scotland Under-21 international has struggled to repeat his form at a bigger club in the Gers and has returned just three goals and six assists in 37 appearances for the side.
O’Halloran, who started off in the Celtic academy ranks before spells at Bolton, Sheffield United, Carlisle, Tranmere and St Johnstone, is contracted to Rangers until the summer of 2020.
Meanwhile, Rangers have gained ground in the race to finish second in the league, narrowing the gap on second-placed Aberdeen to nine points.
Caixinha’s third-placed side will consider there is still an opportunity to overhaul Derek McInnes’ team with just six matches of the campaign remaining.
In other Rangers news, one of the club’s midfielders has agreed the terms of a mammoth new deal.