Scouts deployed: Two English clubs plot swoop for Rangers 26-year-old – report
By Danny Wright
Derby and Huddersfield sent scouts to watch Rangers’ Michael O’Halloran on Monday, according to a report.
The Daily Record reports that the EFL clubs dispatched their recruitment experts to keep tabs on the 26-year-old, but were disappointed when he failed to turn up to the Under-20s game against Hearts.
O’Halloran caused controversy by snubbing the chance to play for Graeme Murty’s development squad after he has only played 45 minutes of league football since Pedro Caixinha took charge.
It now seems that his ploy to force a move away from Ibrox ruined his chances of doing exactly that by missing the chance to impress the two English Championship clubs.
The winger has played 26 games across all competitions for the Light Blues this season. He’s failed to score but has provided five assists – four of which came in the club’s Scottish League Cup run.
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He was sent off five minutes into the 2-0 win against Motherwell in January and only took part in six minutes of Murty’s time in control of first-team affairs after Mark Warburton’s controversial exit in February.
O’Halloran did play for the Gers Under-20s side on Friday though.
He played 62 minutes in the 4-0 loss against Celtic before he was substituted off in place of wonderkid Billy Gilmour.
The ex-St. Johnstone player has three years remaining on his contract at Rangers.
Football Insider Verdict
We still don’t know the truth behind O’Halloran’s no-show for the Under-20s but it looks like it’s cost him the chance to impress in front of the scouts from two big English clubs. Whatever the rights or wrongs of the issue – and there have been people who’ve defended O’Halloran – it’s looking increasingly likely that his Rangers career is over, despite the fact that he’s still got three years left on his contract, and a move down South could well be his best option. He’s going to have to hope that the scouts are interested enough to make another visit to the Rangers reserves.
In other Rangers news, Tam McManus has slammed O’Halloran in a Twitter post.