Pedro Caixinha has announced to the media that on loan winger Michael O’Halloran has no future at Ibrox and that he is not the ‘type of player that Rangers need’. In a moment that will leave many Rangers fans baffled, the under fire Rangers manager also claimed that free scoring O’Halloran was not ‘his type of player’ either.
The 26-year-old was farmed out on loan to former club St.Johnstone at the end of July and in the three league games, he has played for Tommy Wright’s side this season O’Halloran has scored four times – with two of those being match winning goals against Kilmarnock and Partick Thistle.
In the same period, Rangers have won just one of three league games – a 2-1 win over Motherwell, while they lost 3-2 against Hibernian and drew 0-0 with Hibernian.
Speaking to the media in his pre-match press conference ahead of the Ross County game at the weekend, Caixinha said: “He is not my type of player. He is not the type of player Rangers need.”
His comments come on the back of making his TENTH signing of the summer, that of Manchester City youngster Aaron Nemane, on loan until January.
According to the Rangers manager: “Nemane is a very gifted player who can play in both wide areas. He can create space that isn’t existing in that moment.
“He is quick and aggressive and gives us an option when players like Josh [Windass] aren’t available. Mark Allen [Director of Football] is doing a great job. Aaron is already with us and we will see what else happens.”
Rangers need goalscorers at this moment in time and with O’Halloran one of a number of players hitting form since leaving the club this summer, question marks are being asked of Caixinha, his methods and his style of play.
The type of player that Rangers need is not one that seems to have been defined by Caixinha or his back room staff, the current crop of players - going by recent results under the Portuguese manager - leave a lot to be desired if you talk to Rangers fans. And by bringing in a youngster who has no experience of Scottish football, it is another gamble by a man who is throwing the last of his dice in a desperate act to turn around the rot in his team.
Rangers fans booed the team off against Hibernian and Hearts, while the loss in Luxembourg against Progrès in their first ever European tie since reforming as a new club, was also a watershed moment for the club.
The notion of being a superior side both domestically and in Europe against the so-called minnows took a battering and under Caixinha it looks like matters are only going to get worse if goal scoring wingers are not his type of player.
Out of the ten signings he has made this summer only Bruno Alves, Graham Dorrans and Ryan Jack look up to the job. Depending on the way results go over the next month or so, before long it could be Caixinha without a future at Rangers rather than the O’Halloran.
By Andy Muirhead