Senior player's Rangers career appears over after Caixinha decision - report
By Harry Sykes
Michael O’Halloran’s Rangers career appears to be over, according to a report.
Rangers site Got The Battle Fever On claims there is no way back for the 26-year-old after he failed to turn up for the club’s Under-20s’ fixture against Hearts on Monday.
It is said that O’Halloran has been fined by Rangers and was ordered by manager Pedro Caixinha to train separately away from the first-team squad when he attended training on Tuesday.
Got The Battle Fever On, which broke the story on Tuesday afternoon that O’Halloran went AWOL on Monday night, also reported that there was no breakdown in communication between the player and coaching staff that prompted his no-show.
Instead, the Celtic academy product simply failed to turn up in a breach of discipline that could spell curtains for his Rangers career.
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The final decision on whether to offload O’Halloran in the forthcoming transfer window will rest with Caixinha.
The Daily Record claim the Portugese will conduct crunch discussions with the wide forward that will determine whether he will play any part in the summer rebuilding plans.
O’Halloran had been told to report for the youth-team clash at Forthbank after being left out of the Rangers senior squad for their 3-0 Scottish Premiership triumph at Aberdeen on Sunday.
Youth-team boss Graeme Murty, who recently was in caretaker charge of the senior side, and his coaching staff , which included veteran striker Kenny Miller, were stunned at O’Halloran’s failure to turn up for action without offering an explanation.
The player’s reported action prompted stern responses from Rangers fans, with many calling for him to be sold at the first opportunity this summer.
O’Halloran has struggled to make an impact at Rangers since joining from St Johnstone for £500,000 in January 2016.
He has made just six league starts this season, featuring in only one of Caixinha’s four games in charge of the team when he played the second half of the 1-1 draw against Motherwell in an unfamiliar wing-back position due to a spate of injuries.
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.
O’Halloran, who started off in the Celtic youth team set-up before spells at Bolton, Sheffield United, Carlisle, Tranmere and St Johnstone, is contracted to Rangers until the summer of 2020.
In other Rangers news, one of the club’s midfielders has agreed the terms of a mammoth new deal.