It’s fair to say Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha is not the kind of father-figure man-manager who will put his arm around a struggling player and tell him everything will be OK in the end.
The Portuguese is a ruthless operator who has no qualms about forcing a player out of a club if he does not fit into his immediate plans. Rob Kiernan, Michael O’Halloran, Harry Forrester and co, who were all forced to suffer the humiliation of training with the reserves before being farmed out in the summer, will no doubt testify.
And while Caixinha’s hard-nosed approach has succeeded in stripping away some of the deadwood in Rangers’ squad, it’s fair to say the manager hasn’t made the right decision 100 per cent of the time.
After all, just a few days after Caixinha tore into winger O’Halloran, branding him ‘not the type of player Rangers needs’ according to the Daily Record, the 26-year-old was rewarded with the SPFA’s Player of the Month award for August due to his fine form on loan at St Johnstone.
O’Halloran had netted four goals in four games in the first few weeks of the season and, with Rangers lacking in quality on the left-wing, fans will be wondering why the wideman wasn’t given more of a chance.
And it won’t have eased the frustration around Ibrox to learn that Lewis Morgan, another player Rangers let go, followed in O’Halloran’s footsteps a month later.
The in-demand 20-year-old, who was released by Rangers’ academy in 2013, scored three goals in five Scottish Championship games for St Mirren in September and was named Player of the Month in the second tier.
Perhaps they should have kept the St Mirren star, not to mention O’Halloran, in the first place.