St. Johnstone manager Tommy Wright has told BBC Sport that Rangers have to pay up for Michael O’Halloran.
Wright has revealed that Rangers have made bids for the 25-year-old in order to sign him in the January transfer window.
While the former Northern Ireland international has suggested that he is open to selling the ex-Bolton Wanderers prospect, he has made it clear that the Gers will have to pay the transfer fee that they want.
“There have been bids [for Michael O’Halloran],” Wright told BBC Sport. “I don’t know if there are going to be any more bids. I can’t do anything about that.
“If you go to the shop and want to buy something, you’ve got to put the money up that the price tag is. It’s simple economics.
"Rangers are saying they are not going to be held to ransom; we don’t hold anybody to ransom. We’re not a big enough club to do that. The bottom line is he’s our player. We hope to hold on to him.”
It seems that St. Johnstone are willing to sell O’Halloran, but Rangers will have to cough up the cash. One suspects that negotiations between the two clubs will be lengthy.
Rangers are at the top of the Scottish Championship table at the moment with 50 points from 20 matches. Mark Warburton’s side are five points clear of second-placed Falkirk and are favourites to win the league title this season.
Meanwhile, St Johnstone currently find themselves in fourth place in the Scottish Premiership table with 32 points from 21 matches.