Michael O'Halloran has hit back at Pedro Caixinha after revealing he only learned he had no future under the Rangers boss when he read his withering remarks in newspaper reports.
The winger, who openly questioned the Portuguese’s training methods and man-management on Tuesday, is under contract at Ibrox until 2020 but was allowed to return to former club St Johnstone on loan in July,
He was subsequently taken aback when Caixinha publicly declared that O’Halloran was ‘not my type of player… not the type of player Rangers need. In my opinion he does not have what you need to play for Rangers’.
Michael O'Halloran's four goals in August saw him earn the Player of the Month award
Now thriving back in Perth, O’Halloran was named Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership player of the month for August on Tuesday after his four goals propelled him to the top of the league scoring charts.
And on Tuesday he lamented the fact he had not been given a chance to succeed at Rangers since Mark Warburton signed him for £500,000 in February 2016.
‘When did I think: “That’s it for me at Ibrox?” When (Caixinha) said those comments,’ declared O’Halloran. ‘I know my position now. It’s clear. But it was news to me. I got it from the newspapers. A few people texted me about it. But I’ve not heard anything from (Caixinha) or Rangers for that matter.
‘I am still contracted at Rangers and I was thinking I would come here to St Johnstone and play and then go back there in January. But (Caixinha’s comments) kind of put it in perspective for me.
O'Halloran celebrates scoring for St Johnstone against Kilmarnock at Rugby Park
‘When you are not making squads you start to question things. But I felt if I went on loan and played well there was a chance (of playing for Caixinha again) but obviously not.
‘It’s disappointing. I’ve not really had a chance at Rangers. I’ve only played a handful of games. I went there hoping I was going to play and kick on but it never really happened for me. To not be given a chance and then to be told I had no future