MICHAEL O’HALLORAN says he never doubted he could get back scoring after he returned to Ibrox following a successful loan to St Johnstone.
He scored five goals in 17 appearances in the first half of campaign despite picking up an injury midway through his loan spell.
O’Halloran didn’t find the net last season for the Gers but notched up three goals in the Championship after his January move in 2016.
Speaking to RangersTV in Florida the winger said: “It had been a while since I’d scored and a while since I played, when the previous manager came in.
“It’s always good to score goals and all of the forward players will tell you that. Playing on the wing it’s good to assist, but it’s also good to chip in a number of goals as well.
“It was never a case that I’d lost my confidence. I’m maybe more positive now as when you aren’t playing you start to feel like the training every week is for nothing.
“For me, it was important to go back and get that feeling you get on Saturday at three o’clock. You feel good about yourself as there’s a purpose to the training.
“Before that, I’d maybe lost that and I was having to go and work hard and I keep myself fit. It’s more of a buzz when you are getting out and playing every week.”
In the time since O’Halloran left for his loan spell Daniel Candeias has established himself on the wing for the Gers, while Josh Windass has also played down the left.
The addition of Jamie Murphy from Brighton on loan this week means more direct competition for the 27-year-old.
“It definitely motivates you when you have got players in the same position as you and you’re pushing for the one place.
“It makes you work that little bit harder and train and work harder. I’m looking forward to that work and trying to show the manager what I can do and hopefully he sees me as part of his team.”
“I want to come and play games and play a part in the team and in a successful Rangers side, that’s my aim.”
The Bolton Wanderers academy product will have his first chance to impress since returning in the Florida Cup later this week. The Light Blues play Atletico Mineiro on Thursday before facing Corinthians on Saturday.
O’Halloran said: “Yeah, I’m looking forward to it. It’s a bit different playing against two South American teams. They’ll be really good technically and physical as well.
“I’ll be a good challenge and one that we are looking forward to as well.”