By Danny Wright
Partick Thistle have opened talks with Rangers over the possibility of signing outcast Michael O’Halloran, according to a report.
The Scottish Sun claims that the Jags are “desperate” to make additions to their squad ahead of the upcoming campaign and have entered the race with St. Johnstone to sign up the unwanted forward.
It is understood that O’Halloran, 26, has no future at Ibrox after he was left out of Pedro Caixinha’s plans for the Europa League, and has quickly started to attract attention from some of Rangers’ top-flight rivals.
The report also says that St. Johnstone and Partick might not only have to worry about each other in their pursuit of the Glasgow-born wide forward, as there is also interest from outside of Scotland.
O’Halloran joined the Light Blues in a £500,000 deal from St. Johnstone in 2016 and still has three years left on his deal at Ibrox.
Saints boss Tommy Wright has already made it public that he would like to re-sign the ex-Bolton youngster, who made 24 appearances for Rangers across all competitions last season.
Mark Warburton clearly saw O’Halloran in his first-team plans, but after Caixinha’s arrival in March, the attacker earned just 45 minutes of Scottish Premiership football – which all came in one match.
Football Insider Verdict
There’s no doubt that Rangers are going to have to take a pretty sizable loss on O’Halloran. He is one of many failed signings that Warburton made and it’s clear from Barrie McKay’s departure from Ibrox that £500,000 is a fee that they won’t be getting back. It’s best if the Light Blues just try to move O’Halloran on as quick as possible to free up their wage budget. He’s not a top player and was never cut out to play for Rangers. His previous spell with St. Johnstone proved a success, but you’re always warned to never go back, so Partick would present him with a new opportunity to revive his career.
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