According to reports, at least two of the players left out of Pedro Caixinha’s European squad could be set for moves away from Ibrox. Michael O’Halloran and Andy Halliday failed to make Caixinha’s 23-man pool for the first qualifying round of the Europa League and have both been told they are surplus to requirements.
St. Johnstone are looking to take O’Halloran back to McDiarmid Park with Tommy Wright confirming the Saints have made an enquiry for the forward, telling STV: “Michael is one player that we’ve enquired about but in that position, there are two or three other enquiries we’ve got in at the minute.
“Michael’s situation is one that’s very much in Rangers’ hands. It’s not in any other club’s hands, it’s up to what Rangers want to do with him. I was sad to see him go and, as I say, we have spoken to Rangers about him, about the possibility but that’s out with my control. At the minute the ball’s in Rangers’ court.”
O’Halloran left St. Johnstone in January 2016 in a £450k move to Ibrox but has failed to make any real impact under Caixinha, or his predecessor, before effectively sealing the end of his Ibrox career by refusing to play in an U20s towards the end of last season.
Andy Halliday meanwhile could be set for a surprise move to Azerbaijani side FC Gabala on a season-long loan deal, with the midfielder believed to be travelling for talks. Halliday joined Rangers in 2015 and was a regular in Mark Warburton’s side but has struggled for game time under Caixinha since the Portuguese boss was appointed in March.
It would also look certain that Rob Kiernan and Harry Forrester are finished at Ibrox with both players stripped of their squad numbers for the 2017/18 season. Kiernan hasn’t been seen around Ibrox or Auchenhowie for weeks while Forrester was banished from training after Caixinha was less-than-impressed with the former Doncaster midfielder’s attitude. Both have, unsurprisingly, been left out of the squad for Thursday’s Europa League tie.
With Joe Garner, Clint Hill and Phillipe Senderos already out the door, it appears it won't be too long before more follow as Caixinha build his own squad to challenge Celtic for the title and progress in the Europa League.