Michael O'Halloran (footballer)

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Michael O'Halloran
Personal information
Full name Michael Francis O'Halloran[1]
Date of birth (1991-01-06) 6 January 1991 (age 26)
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Rangers
Number 29
Youth career
Celtic
Bolton Wanderers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2014 Bolton Wanderers 0 (0)
2012 Sheffield United (loan) 7 (0)
2012 Carlisle United (loan) 1 (0)
2012–2013 Tranmere Rovers (loan) 23 (3)
2014–2016 St Johnstone 72 (12)
2016– Rangers 25 (3)
National team
2008 Scotland U17 4 (1)
2010 Scotland U19 1 (0)
2012 Scotland U21 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:04, 5 January 2017 (UTC).

Michael Francis O'Halloran (born 6 January 1991) is a Scottish footballer who plays as a forward for Scottish Premiership club Rangers.

Born in Glasgow, he began his professional career with English club Bolton Wanderers, but made only made two appearances in three seasons. While at Bolton he had loan spells with Sheffield United, Carlisle United and Tranmere Rovers. He has also represented Scotland at under-21 level.

Club career[edit]

Bolton Wanderers[edit]

O'Halloran started his professional career at Bolton Wanderers, regularly playing in the reserve side. A product of the youth system, he made his début in the League Cup tie at home to Macclesfield Town on 24 August 2011, coming on as a second-half substitute for Martin Petrov. His form in the reserves prompted Bolton to offer both O'Halloran and Joe Riley new three and a half-year contracts, committing them to the club until the summer of 2015.[2] In March 2012, O'Halloran joined Sheffield United on loan until the end of the season,[3] and made his début for the Blades on as an 81st-minute substitute against Chesterfield in a 4–1 victory at Bramall Lane.[4] O'Halloran was in and out of the side for the remainder of his spell, with his final appearance for the Blades coming at Wembley for the League One play-off final in which he came on as a substitute in extra time. O'Halloran scored in the game's penalty shoot out but United slipped to defeat.[5]

In August 2012, O'Halloran joined Carlisle United on a month's loan.[6] However, after playing just one game, a substitute appearance against MK Dons, O'Halloran opted to return to Bolton, his loan only lasting 12 days.[7] O'Halloran then joined Tranmere Rovers on loan on in November of the same year.[8] O'Halloran scored the first professional goal of his career on 8 December as he scored in a 2–2 draw against Portsmouth,[9] O'Halloran loan was extended by a further month on 7 January 2013, and then again until the end of the season on January deadline day.[10][11]

St Johnstone[edit]

After appearing in just two cup matches in three years at Bolton, O'Halloran made the move back to his native Scotland with St Johnstone in January 2014, signing an 18-month contract with the club.[12] O'Halloran made his debut, coming on as a substitute, in a 1–0 win over Partick Thistle. Then on 8 February 2014, O'Halloran scored his first goal in the fifth round of Scottish Cup, in a 4–0 win over Forfar Athletic.[13] He scored again in Saints' final home game of the season, to conclude a 3–3 draw with former club Celtic.[14]

O'Halloran won the Scottish Premiership player of the month award for November 2015.[15] St Johnstone rejected two bids from Rangers for O'Halloran in January 2016.[16] Manager Tommy Wright then left O'Halloran out of their following league game, saying that O'Halloran was not "mentally ready" to play. O'Halloran made his final appearance for the club in a 2–1 defeat to Hibernian in the Scottish League Cup semi final at Tynecastle.[17]

Rangers[edit]

On 1 February 2016, after much speculation, O'Halloran signed a four and a half-year deal with the then Scottish Championship club Rangers for a fee reported to be £500,000.[18] He made his debut for the Ibrox club as a substitute in a 1–0 victory against Raith Rovers at Stark's Park on 2 February 2016. He scored his first goal for the club in a 1–1 draw with Alloa Athletic on 13 February 2016.[19] He picked up a winners' medal in the 2016 Scottish Challenge Cup Final at Hampden Park after defeating Peterhead 4–0 on 10 April 2016.[20]

International career[edit]

O'Halloran has represented Scotland at various age levels up to the under-21 team.[21] He made his Scotland U21 debut against the Netherlands on 29 February 2012, appearing as a substitute in a 0–0 draw.[22]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 28 December 2016
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Bolton Wanderers 2011–12 Premier League 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 0
2012–13 Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 0
Sheffield United (loan) 2011–12 League One 7 0 0 0 0 0 1[a] 0 8 0
Carlisle United (loan) 2012–13 League One 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Tranmere Rovers (loan) 2012–13 League One 23 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 25 3
St Johnstone 2013–14 Scottish Premiership 14 1 4 1 1 0 19 2
2014–15 Scottish Premiership 38 9 2 1 2 0 4 0 46 10
2015–16 Scottish Premiership 20 2 1 0 3 2 1 0 25 4
Total 72 12 7 2 6 2 5 0 90 16
Rangers 2015–16 Scottish Championship 12 3 0 0 0 0 1[b] 0 13 3
2016–17 Scottish Premiership 13 0 0 0 5 0 18 0
Total 25 3 0 0 5 0 1 0 31 3
Career total 128 18 10 2 12 2 5 0 2 0 157 22

Personal life[edit]

O'Halloran's father, Michael senior, is a youth coach at Old Firm rivals Celtic, although he never coached his son.[23]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

St Johnstone
Rangers

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Premier League Clubs submit Squad Lists" (PDF). Premier League. 2 September 2011. Retrieved 29 December 2011. 
  2. ^ "Riley And O'Halloran Sign New Deals". Bwfc.co.uk. Bolton Wanderers Football Club. 23 February 2012. Retrieved 24 February 2012. 
  3. ^ "Sheffield United sign Michael O'Halloran on loan". BBC Sport. BBC. 22 March 2012. 
  4. ^ "Sheffield United 4–1 Chesterfield". BBC Sport. BBC. 28 April 2012. 
  5. ^ Begley, Emlyn (26 May 2012). "Huddersfield promoted after epic shoot-out win over Sheffield United". BBC Sport. BBC. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  6. ^ "Carlisle United sign Bolton's Michael O'Halloran on loan". BBC Sport. BBC. 31 August 2012. 
  7. ^ "Michael O'Halloran leaves Carlisle United for Bolton early". BBC Sport. BBC. 11 September 2012. 
  8. ^ "Tranmere sign Michael O'Halloran & Donervon Daniels on loan". BBC Sport. BBC. 22 November 2012. 
  9. ^ "Tranmere 2–2 Portsmouth". BBC Sport. BBC. 8 December 2012. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  10. ^ "O'Halloran extends Rovers stay". Sky Sports. 7 January 2013. Retrieved 20 February 2014. 
  11. ^ "O'Halloran extends Rovers stay". Sky Sports. 31 January 2013. Retrieved 20 February 2014. 
  12. ^ "St Johnstone sign Michael O'Halloran from Bolton Wanderers". The Courier. DC Thomson. 3 January 2014. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  13. ^ "Forfar Athletic 0–4 St Johnstone". BBC Sport. BBC. 8 February 2014. Retrieved 20 February 2014. 
  14. ^ Gordon, Phil (7 May 2014). "Scott Brown and Michael O'Halloran lead St Johnstone fightback to stun Celtic". The Times. News International. Retrieved 18 January 2016. 
  15. ^ "O'Halloran named Player of the Month". Scottish Professional Football League. 3 December 2015. Retrieved 18 January 2016. 
  16. ^ McLauchlin, Brian (14 January 2016). "Michael O'Halloran: Rangers bids rejected by St Johnstone". BBC Sport. BBC. Retrieved 18 January 2016. 
  17. ^ McLeod, Liam (16 January 2016). "Michael O'Halloran 'still a St Johnstone player' – Tommy Wright". BBC Sport. BBC. Retrieved 18 January 2016. 
  18. ^ Thomson, Nick (1 February 2016). "Rangers Sign Michael O'Halloran". Rangers.co.uk. Rangers Football Club. Retrieved 1 February 2016. 
  19. ^ Sutherland, Jonathan (13 February 2016). "Alloa Athletic 1–1 Rangers". BBC Sport. BBC. 
  20. ^ a b English, Tom (10 April 2016). "Rangers 4–0 Peterhead". BBC Sport. BBC. 
  21. ^ "Michael O'Halloran". www.scottishfa.co.uk. Scottish Football Association. Retrieved 26 October 2015. 
  22. ^ "Scotland U21 0–0 Netherlands U21". BBC Sport. BBC. 29 February 2012. 
  23. ^ McLean, Euan (14 February 2016). "New Rangers forward Michael O'Halloran thrills his Celtic coach dad after salvaging draw against Alloa". Daily Record. London: Trinity Mirror. 
  24. ^ Wilson, Richard (17 May 2014). "St Johnstone 2–0 Dundee United". BBC Sport. BBC. 
  25. ^ Burke, Andy (5 April 2016). "Rangers 1–0 Dumbarton". BBC Sport. BBC. Retrieved 5 April 2016. 
  26. ^ "St Johnstone's Michael O'Halloran wins November Premiership award". BBC Sport. BBC. 3 December 2015. 

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