01 Feb O’Halloran relieved at sealing Rangers move
Michael O’Halloran spoke of his relief at finally signing for Rangers after the attacker sealed a four-and-a-half-year deal at the club.
The former St Johnstone player was the subject of two failed bids from Rangers for his services before a third bid was accepted on Monday.
O’Halloran admitted it was difficult handling the speculation about his future but is now glad he can concentrate solely on his football.
“When Rangers came in there was only thing on my mind I wanted to go and progress,” he said.
“There’s always a part of you wondering if it is going to go through.
“Obviously, it’s been a few stressful weeks but I’m just buzzing that it’s finally across the line and I’ve signed so I’m just looking forward to it.
“It was hard to trying to balance dealing with the speculation and playing but you’ve got to deal with that as a footballer and I think I coped with that pretty well.”
O’Halloran paid tribute to the impact Saints boss Tommy Wright had on his development and says he is targeting more silverware after winning the Scottish Cup in 2014.
“I went down to Bolton and things didn’t work but I needed to go and play St Johnstone gave me that platform and I can’t thank Tommy Wright, Callum Davidson and Alec Cleland enough for that opportunity.
“It was a great two years for me I won the Scottish Cup and got to play in Europe.
“I’ve had a taste of winning stuff and coming to a big club that’s what you want to do. The aim first and foremost is to win the Championship, get into the top flight and go and win more trophies.”
Rangers boss Mark Warburton says O’Halloran first caught the attention of the club when he excelled against them in the Scottish League Cup.
O’Halloran scored and created another in the 3-1 victory at Ibrox.
“We played St Johnstone and we felt the threat came from O’Halloran’s pace whether it was central or wide and that was the focus of our analysis so from that point onwards we were very aware of him.
“We had him watched numerous times. We did our homework and the character and everything that came back suited Rangers.”
Warburton confirmed there would be no further business conducted by Rangers and rubbished reports of Nicky Law leaving the club.