MARK WARBURTON has revealed new signing Michael O’Halloran’s performance against Rangers in the League Cup earlier this season eventually led to his move to Ibrox.
O’Halloran was singled out as St Johnstone’s danger man by Warburton ahead of the third round clash back in September, and he went on to have a starring role in the Perth side’s 3-1 win, scoring one and setting-up another.
He was then scouted extensively by Rangers before putting pen to paper on a four-and-a-half year deal this afternoon.
Speaking at this evening’s press conference, Warburton said: “We always look at the analysis of teams. We played St Johnstone, and the threat we felt came from O’Halloran’s pace, whether it was central or wide, and that was the focus of our analysis.
“From that point, we were very aware of him, had him watched numerous times and did our homework on his character and things like that, and everything that came back suited us and suited the club.
“I’m delighted to have signed him. We know what we want from our players and the profile of player we want, and Michael fits that.
“He gives us maturity – even just at 25, and he gives us experience of Premier League level. He’s pacey, can play in 7,8,9, 10 and 11, and we want players with flexibility of position, and Michael ticks all of those boxes. I think it’s a great move for the club.”
The signing of O’Halloran has long been touted by the media, although Warburton insists there was no point in rushing the deal though if everything wasn’t quite right for everyone involved.
The manager added:
“It was drawn out, but often these things take time. Whatever detail may hold these things up is always a relevant detail, and it’s important for all parties to leave a discussion comfortable.
“This deal wouldn’t have gone ahead if we didn’t feel we were getting value, and likewise St Johnstone and the player. All the parties have to be happy, and if they aren’t then the deal doesn’t go ahead.”