St. Johnstone manager Tommy Wright has revealed that Rangers look likely to take back loan star Michael O’Halloran in January, but insists he has not given up hope in keeping the winger until the summer.

O’Halloran was loaned out to the Saints in the summer after a bust-up with former Gers manager Pedro Caixinha, and immediately took the chance to return to his former club in Perth.

He got off to an electric start this season, scoring four goals in four Premiership games in August to take the player of the month accolade.

An injury to his ankle has limited him since, but the winger has managed five goals in his 13 Premiership appearances so far, with the Saints lying in sixth place after 18 games, just three points behind Hearts in fifth.

Wright is still keen to retain the 26-year-old’s services for the rest of the season, despite Rangers indicating they want the player to return with Caixinha now gone from the club.

As quoted by the Daily Record, Wright said: “The indication from Rangers is they want Michael to come back. But part of that process will be down to what he wants to do as well. I want to keep him but a few weeks ago Mark Allen indicated that they want him to head back to Ibrox. So we will have to see what happens when Michael sits down with them and talks about his future.

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“If he’s just going back there to be a bit-part player then it might be in everyone’s interests for him to come back here. If he goes we will have to replace him but it’s a case right now of just waiting to see what happens.It will be down to what Rangers want to do and if he can come back here then it will be down to the chairman and whether we have the money to keep him until the summer.

In other Rangers news, this candidate for the Ibrox job has made an emphatic decision on his future.

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