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16th Jan, 2017 | 7:27pm

Top flight boss: I would urge the chairman to sign this Rangers attacker

By Harvey Byrne

St. Johnstone manager Tommy Wright has admitted to being a fan of Rangers attacker Michael O’Halloran, claiming he would urge his chairman to sign the player if he became available

However, the Scottish top flight boss also stated that he doesn’t think that O’Halloran is available and that he’s still contracted to the Gers.

The Daily Record reported earlier in the month that the 26-year-old was attracting Wright’s team alongside other Premiership teams.

The Saints boss admitted to being a big fan of his former player, but he shared that nothing formal had been submitted at this time.

“I don’t think Michael’s available for loan,” told Wright to the Daily Record. “If he was, that would be a player I would urge the chairman to go and try and sign for us, but Michael is under contract at Rangers.

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“If there is going to be speculation about his future at Rangers it’s easy to see why we would be a club that would be suited for him but there’s been nothing formal.”

O’Halloran made the switch to Ibrox from St Johnstone in the 2016 winter window for a fee of £500,000.

The Glasgow-born player was a star of the Saints’ team, but he has struggled to recapture the form with the Scottish giants.

He has played just 31 times for the club since his move with a return of three goals and six assists.

Of those appearances, 18 have come this season and he has played just twice in the league since November.

O’Halloran is still contracted with the club until 2020, but it is thought that if he doesn’t see more first team football then he could be on his way out of the team.

Football Insider verdict:

O’Halloran is currently way down in the Rangers pecking order and a temporary or permanent move away from the club could be best for his career. The Gers are currently exceeding pre-season expectations as they sit in second place in the league, but that has meant squad players like O’Halloran who helped the side win promotion are now considered not good enough for the side. However, a return to St Johnstone would not be the end of the world for the player with Wright’s side currently performing well in fifth place. The Rangers squad wouldn’t suffer the effects of losing O’Halloran either, meaning he could be a possible departure for the team in the near future.

In other Rangers news, David Weir has outlined the qualities  Jon Toral will bring to the Gers.

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