St Johnstone, Michael O'Halloran

Rangers: Warburton refuses to confirm O’Halloran bid

By Craig Turnbull

Rangers boss Mark Warburton has refused to discuss speculation linking them with St Johnstone midfielder Michael O’Halloran.

Speculation continues to mount over the 25-year-old’s future after they reportedly made an offer of £200,000 for O’Halloran’s services.

The offer is substantially lower than the club’s valuation of the player but Warburton refused to confirm or deny the claims.

“It would be wrong to talk about any other player at another club that’s for sure,” he said. I read in the papers [about the bid] but nothing has come from Rangers.

“As I say when we conclude our interest then hopefully we can tell you appropriately then.”

Warburton also said Rangers won’t be forced into meeting other clubs’ valuation of players as they will look at other targets if they don’t think they represent value.

“There’s a fine line between making a brave decision and a poor one.

“It’s like buying a house for me if you’re not comfortable with the figure you’re going to pay then don’t pay it go and find a comfortable price. It’s the same with a player if we think it represents value for Rangers then we’ll pursue it.”

The Rangers boss also dismissed rumours of interest in prolific striker Martyn Waghorn though did concede players making headlines was showing the club is making good progress.

“There has been no interest in Martyn,” confirmed the ex-Brentford boss. “I don’t mean that to sound derogatory because I am delighted for him but there hasn’t been any contact.

“It’s a positive for our players to be linked with other clubs. The positive from that perceived negative is that the players are catching the eye for the right reasons.”

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