Rangers newboy suggests he is thankful to Celtic

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Rangers forward Michael O’Halloran, who joined the Ibrox club in the January transfer window, was at Celtic as a kid.

Rangers forward Michael O’Halloran has suggested to The Daily Record that he is thankful to Celtic.

O’Halloran, who joined Rangers from St Johnstone in the January transfer window, started his career at Celtic.

The 25-year-old forward was at the Bhoys as a kid, but he failed to progress to the first team and moved to Bolton Wanderers.

Things did not work out for Scotsman at Bolton either, and he joined St Johnstone in 2014.

O’Halloran is thankful to Celtic for helping him develop when he was young, and he has admitted that he is disappointed that he won’t feature for Rangers against the Hoops in the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup next month.

“I kind of expected Rangers and Celtic to be drawn together for the semi-final,” O’Halloran told The Daily Record. “I was gutted but I can’t do anything about being cup-tied. It will be frustrating on the day, as it always is when you’re watching from the sidelines.”

“I enjoyed myself in the youth ranks at Celtic and they helped me develop as a young player,” added the former Scotland Under-21 international. “I look back and it was good for me.”

Celtic are in the Scottish Premiership at the moment, while Rangers are currently playing in the Scottish Championship.

However, Ronny Deila’s side will be given a run for their money by the Gers in the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup at Hampden Park in Glasgow next month.

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