Glenn Middleton followed in Michael O’Halloran’s footsteps by swapping Ibrox for McDiarmid Park – now the Rangers loanee and 30-year-old winger are combining to help fire Saints to a £3 million windfall and European group stage football.

St Johnstone host Austrian side LASK in the return leg of their Europa Conference League play-off tonight. Ibrox prospect Middleton grabbed an assist in the first leg as striker Chris Kane converted in the 1-1 draw, the Rangers loanee and O’Halloran causing LASK problems with their pace.

St Mirren v St Johnstone - William Hill Scottish Cup

The Rangers loanee has shone since arriving from Ibrox. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

O’Halloran is in his third Saints spell. He left the club in 2016 for Rangers and returned on loan a year later. A third spell beckoned commenced from January 2019 and now a current League Cup and Scottish Cup holder, the tricky winger reckons his current attacking teammates can send Saints to the Europa Conference League group stages.

It would net the club up to £3 million, at least. O’Halloran said: “Glenn is a top boy. He is only young and this is a great platform for him to come and play his football. It’s difficult to break into the Rangers team at Ibrox and he’s at a great place where he’ll play. It’s top. And you see what Kane brings to the team.

“He’s great in Europe as he can buy you fouls and he hold up play really well. He’s also brought goals to his game. He’s always in the right areas and you saw that last week when Glenn put a great ball across the box. He was in the right area. They’ve both been really good and I enjoy playing with them.

“It’s got that cup final feel from it, the carrot is there to go through to the group stage. I hope to use my experience there, and we have all got that experience. When you look at some of the teams in the conference, it’s a great incentive for us.”

NTOF now offers a YouTube channel featuring exclusive interviews, post-match discussion, in-depth debate, and much more – LIKE and SUBSCRIBE and don’t miss any of our videos.

Have something to tell us about this article?