Former Rangers midfielder Michael Stewart has told The Scottish Sun that he thinks Gers boss Mark Warburton could leave Ibrox if the club don't sign Michael O'Halloran.
Rangers have been busy this month, having snapped up goalkeeper Maciej Gostomski and playmaker Harry Forrester on six-month contracts, whilst Accrington duo Matt Crooks and Josh Windass have both penned pre-contract agreements with the club, and will join in the summer.
However, Warburton has had two major targets for this month's transfer window. One was Brentford midfielder Toumani Diagouraga - a player Warburton worked with at Watford and Brentford - but, as reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post, Rangers were outbid by Leeds United for the Frenchman, meaning he won't be moving to Ibrox.
The other is St. Johnstone forward Michael O'Halloran, who started his career Old Firm rivals Celtic. With ten goals last season, the 25-year-old could make a real impact at Rangers, and has the blistering pace to add something different in attack for Warburton's side.
Yet, as reported by BBC Sport, Rangers have had two bids rejected for O'Halloran, and with just one week left of the transfer window, they are running out of time to get their man.
Now, Michael Stewart - who started his career with Rangers before leaving for Manchester United as a teenager - has told The Scottish Sun that the Gers have to back their manager after missing out on Diagouraga.
Stewart believes that, if Rangers don't manage to land O'Halloran before the end of the transfer window, manager Warburton could reconsider his options and leave Ibrox for a move back to English football.
"By the time the transfer window slams shut next week, we’ll know if Rangers have managed to land Michael O’Halloran," said Stewart. "These next seven days could be huge in terms of Mark Warburton’s future at Ibrox. I can see a situation where, if the board miss out on O’Halloran, they could also eventually lose their manager back to England."
"Warburton has already watched Leeds United snap up Toumani Diagouraga from under his club’s nose. And O’Halloran is still at St Johnstone, despite the chase for him starting earlier this month. You have to imagine the Gers boss is more than perplexed at the lack of solid activity so far."
"It’s over a week since he claimed to be “very close” to adding new players. There is nothing that annoys a manager more than being told they can do something and it not happening. Get O’Halloran and it may appease the manager. But let him slip through their fingers and Warbs might ask himself whether the Rangers job is everything he was promised," he added.
Will Rangers sign O'Halloran before the transfer deadline?