Rangers

By Danny Wright

St. Johnstone manager Tommy Wright has blasted Pedro Caixinha for not showing enough patience in his players before selling them on in the summer.

A number of Ibrox drop-outs have been in top form since leaving Rangers during the transfer window, including Michael O’Halloran, who has had no trouble in finding the net under the charge of the Saints boss.

O’Halloran, 26, has scored four goals in five matches across all competitions and has recently been awarded the player of the month accolade for his brilliant start to life on loan at McDiarmid Park.

Rangers have introduced 11 new faces to the squad since last season ended, with a number of players being shown the door as the team now looks barely recognisable to what Mark Warburton put out during his time in charge.

St. Johnstone boss Wright claims that he has “lost count” of the number of players that Rangers signed in the summer as he constantly aimed digs at their recruitment policy.

“Michael is an asset for Rangers and he basically ruled him out of going back. I find that difficult to understand,” said Wright, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.

He added: “Sometimes people have their mind made up on players. Pedro wanted to bring in eight, nine, ten, 11 players . . . I lost count.

“Michael was surplus to that but it’s easy when you’re at a big club not to have a look at what you’ve got and say, ‘He’s not exactly what I want but I’ll work and get the best out of him’.

“It’s easy to bring in other players when you’ve got the money.”

Wright has since made it clear that he would like to sign up O’Halloran on a permanent basis with his loan spell set to expire in January, but is worried that the Saints chairman will not be able to fund such a move for a player whose value looks set to rise.

In other Rangers news, the Light Blues could be doing battle with Neil Lennon to land this striker in fine goal scoring form in January.

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