Gary McSwegan admits he scouted Rangers' latest signing Michael O'Halloran for Preston

Rangers signing Michael O'Halloran was watched by Preston scout Gary McSwegan.

Former Rangers striker Gary McSwegan has told the Glasgow Evening Times that he scouted new Gers signing Michael O'Halloran for Preston North End.

O'Halloran, 25, began his career with Rangers' Old Firm rivals Celtic before spells with Bolton Wanderers, Sheffield United, Carilsle United and Tranmere Rovers, though he enjoyed most of his success with St. Johnstone.

15 goals in 90 games led to a move to Rangers on deadline day earlier this month, in a long, drawn out transfer saga which finally ended with Mark Warburton landing his man.

Already, the pacey forward has shown what he can do having scored his first goal for the club in a 1-1 draw against Alloa just over a week ago, and fans so far appear to be happy with his displays.

Now, former Gers attacker Gary McSwegan, who hit four goals in 18 games for his hometown club, has opened up about how O'Halloran could have in fact moved back to England.

McSwegan currently works as a scout for Championship club Preston North End, and is charged with the task of finding Scottish players for manager Simon Grayson.

The ex-Scotland international has now told the Glasgow Evening Times that he scouted O'Halloran for Preston, and spoke incredibly highly of the forward as Rangers managed to sign their top target despite some apparent interest from North End.

"I have watched Michael O’Halloran a lot this season and last season," said McSwegan. "I did a couple of reports on the boy for Preston North End. He is an excellent addition to the squad. He is one of the quickest players I have seen in Scotland."

"He is also a good age to get a player at. He will do a job for the team this year, but I think he is more a player for next season. It is good for them to have that option," he added.

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