In Focus: O’Halloran could play unexpected role against Rangers

As reported by The Courier, St Johnstone midfielder Murray Davidson reckons Rangers loanee Michael O’Halloran can help give them an edge in their match on Friday night with inside information about how the Light Blues play.

What’s the story?

For all the talk of leaks and team news being revealed to opponents this week, Rangers could be facing a much more traditional way of having an inside track revealed to St Johnstone.

O’Halloran is unable to play in Friday night’s fixture at McDiarmid Park due to Scottish Premiership rules around players featuring against their parent club, but one of his teammates thinks he could still play a role in a potential Saints victory.

As quoted by The Courier, Murray Davidson said:

He will have the inside track, maybe, but we haven’t had much of a chance to speak to him about it. I’m sure a few of the boys will speak to him between now and Friday. It’s a miss not having Michael in the team – but we can maybe use him to our advantage, see what he has to say about Rangers. It can be awkward for him because he’s still a Rangers player. So, whether the boys go and ask him, that might be a personal thing. But I’m sure it might happen.

It would perhaps be considered unprofessional in normal circumstances for O’Halloran to help with such a thing against his parent club, but his relationship with Pedro Caixinha and the club has deteriorated in recent months after the Ibrox boss criticised him in public and he could be motivated to give Saints an advantage.

O’Halloran’s future at Ibrox

It’s difficult to see Michael O’Halloran returning to Rangers and having an impact on the first team anytime soon, especially if Caixinha remains in charge for a considerable length of time.

The attacking midfielder found it difficult during his time at the Light Blues, but his return to Perth this season has again highlighted his quality in the Scottish Premiership, scoring five goals already during his loan spell.

If he could repeat that for Rangers, he’d be a hit in Glasgow, but perhaps he is best served finding somewhere he is happy and a manager who has faith in his abilities.