JOHN MACDONALD is confident Michael O’Halloran can slot into the speedy Rangers forward line and bolster Mark Warburton’s Ibrox attacking arsenal.

The 25-year-old has emerged as one of Warburton’s top targets this month as he looks to add more firepower to his Gers side for the Championship title run-in.

The capture of the St Johnstone star would be a boost to Rangers’ chances of clinching the second tier crown this term.

And former Light Blues striker MacDonald reckons it would be another shrewd acquisition by the Ibrox boss if a deal can be done.

He told SportTimes: “You can never have too many good players in the squad and players coming into the club always keeps everyone on their toes.

“It gives Mark more options and the chance to change things about a bit. It will be good for the team to have more competition for places.

“Mark will be looking to get players in to help this season, of course, but it gives them a chance to settle in for next season.

“They can get to know the rest of the players and get to know Mark and how he goes about his business so they can hit the ground running after they hopefully win the league and move up to the Premiership. Mark will have a good squad.

“Mark looks to go for quick and skilful players and, having watched a lot of them this season, the pace in the team is phenomenal.

“They can break quickly, they get at teams all the time and that is the way that Mark wants to play. He wants to play attacking football and you need quality forwards to do that.

“So bringing O’Halloran in would certainly be a good move for Rangers. He could fit right into the team and it should certainly benefit the team this year and certainly next year.”

After allowing Nathan Oduwa to return to Spurs this week, Warburton is now poised to add to his squad once again following the signings of Maciej Gostomski and Harry Forrester.

The move for O’Halloran would give him another option in the final third but MacDonald reckons fellow wide man Barrie McKay will still hold onto his starting berth.

He said: “Mark wants to give players a chance and you can see them getting better and better. Barrie is the prime example of that.

“When I saw him in the last few years, I thought ‘that boy has got so much potential’ but then he drifted out and went on loan.

“He has come back in, Mark has played him and he has got so much confidence now and is playing so well that it would be hard to leave him out.

“He just wants to play and when he sees the manager giving him a chance, he will want to work really hard for him. Hopefully Rangers get the rewards of that at the end of the season.”

Rangers haven’t been short of goals this season as they have moved five points clear in the Championship and into the Petrofac Training Cup final and Scottish Cup fifth round.

Martyn Waghorn took his tally for the campaign to 27 goals from 28 games with a double against Livingston on Saturday and is on course to break the 40 strikes barrier this term.

MacDonald said: “He can look to that kind of target now. He is scoring two or three at a time just now so he could get there in another few games if he can keep it going.

“He is exciting to watch and a really good player. He is quick, he is strong and he is clearly confident just now. That is what strikers need.

“He is scoring goals and that confidence will keep getting higher the more he scores.

“Hopefully he can keep going like he is just now and he can get to the 40 sooner rather than later.”