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18th Jan, 2017 | 11:37am

Rangers enter talks with Premiership rivals over attacker deal - report

By Matt Farr

Rangers are prepared to let winger Michael O’Halloran join Hearts on loan this month – according to a report.

The 26-year-old has struggled for first-team football at Ibrox since arriving from St. Johnstone a year ago, and is expected to leave the club in the coming weeks.

O’Halloran has made just nine starts under Mark Warburton in all competitions this term, and Rangers are looking into several possible destinations for the winger.

The Daily Record understands that Rangers are even prepared to do business with Scottish Premiership rivals Hearts, despite fighting the Tynecastle club for a Europa League place.

As many as three others Scottish Premiership clubs are also interested in signing O’Halloran this month, including Motherwell, Ross County and St. Johnstone.

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However, if O’Halloran is to leave Ibrox, Rangers will be looking to recoup as much of his wages as possible.

Hearts are willing to meet Rangers’ demands, and with O’Halloran interested in a move to their league rivals, a deal could be done in the near future. Initial discussions are said to have been positive.

Ian Cathro’s side are currently eight points behind Rangers in the Scottish Premiership table, and take on Mark Warburton’s side on February 1.

Motherwell have already begun negotiations with Rangers over a potential loan deal, but Hearts appear to be the frontrunners.

Football Insider verdict

A move away from Ibrox this month is the best thing for O’Halloran, but for Rangers there is the risk that it could come back to haunt them. Hearts and Rangers share very similar ambitions for the second-half of the campaign, and letting O’Halloran join Hearts would boost their chances of meeting those ambitions. Rangers currently have the upper-hand with their eight-point advantage, but that could change if the midfielder hits the ground running. However, Hearts or not, O’Halloran simply has to leave Rangers this month to gain regular first-team football, because there is no place for him under Mark Warburton.

In other Rangers transfer news, after landing Emerson Hyndman on loan, Rangers should sign this second USA international.

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