O’Halloran best in Scotland – Wright

St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright lavished praise on Michael O’Halloran, saying he’s the best player in Scotland at present.

The Saints winger helped the club reach the last four of the Scottish League Cup with a goal and an assist for Chris Kane in their 3-1 win over Morton on Tuesday after scoring against Rangers in the last round.

And recent performances from the 24-year-old have had his manager waxing lyrical.

“On that form, I don’t think there is anything better at the minute in our league,” Wright said.

“I don’t think there are any Scottish players playing better than what he has been for the last couple of months.

“Since Michael came here he has done well but he is just getting better and better and long may it continue.

“I love working with him and he is an exciting talent and found an environment where he is enjoying is football.

“He is full of confidence and belief.

“There were three men round him for the goal and it is not luck, it is skill and he is an exciting player.

“It was a fully-deserved win and a good performance with a lot of quality.”

How does O’Halloran compare to other Scottish youngsters in Premiership?

O'Halloran best in Scotland - Wright PLZ Soccer

Sam Nicholson – The 20-year-old has shown a maturity which belies his years. Very comfortable with the ball at his feet, loves to be direct, take on defences and is a constant nuisance to the opposition.

He is also very difficult to pin down as he is quick and makes intelligent runs and has chipped in with a couple of goals as well for Hearts this season.

Ryan Christie – Talent already identified after sealing move to Scottish champions Celtic. Great in the final third of the pitch, has sharp vision to pick out passes which others don’t see. Likes to get on the ball and make things happen.

Ali Crawford – Plays behind the central striker and looks to play incisive passes which unlock defences. Good with the ball at his feet and has very good awareness around him, not afraid to have a shot at goal either.

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