Rangers could be set to welcome back Andy Halliday and Michael O’Halloran from their respective loan spells in the January transfer window but it won’t help Rangers claw back ground on Celtic.
Both players were unceremoniously discarded by Pedro Caixinha over the summer but at the time there were few Rangers fans who felt either had a role to play in the Gers first-team this season.
O’Halloran in particular had worn out his welcome with the Rangers support and, almost to a man, they were happy to see him sent back up the A9 to Perth to rejoin St. Johnstone.
Five goals in 15 appearances is a decent enough return – until you see he scored them in his first five games – but it’s still not the kind of form that should merit a return to Ibrox.
Even ignoring O’Halloran’s forgetfulness when it comes to which games he should be playing in, the former Scotland Under-21 international simply isn’t good enough for Rangers.
Three goals in 36 appearances is testament to that.
Then there’s Halliday; the lifelong fan who grew up on Copland Road.
When he was in Azerbaijan he rocked up to the Baku Rangers Supporters’ Club to watch the last Old Firm clash and in all honesty, it’s exactly the right place for him.
Halliday at least tries his very best for the Gers but it’s became clear long before Caixinha put him out of his misery that he wasn’t good enough to be part of an Ibrox side pushing Celtic for the title.
He could come back in and do a job short-term while others are out injured but the idea of Halliday in the centre of midfield for Rangers long-term is almost enough to make any fan long for the days of away games at Brechin City and Peterhead.
Whether the idea behind bringing them back is to simply provide more experience in a squad which has lost two of it’s most experienced stars or to give them one last crack at it before parting ways is unclear.
Whatever the thinking behind it is, Halliday and/or O’Halloran will never be the final piece of a puzzle that ends with Rangers finally lifting title number 55.
In other Rangers news, three Gers players could play their final games for the club against Celtic this week.