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Rangers don't need fresh faces: Wilson

Rangers 4 - Livingston 1

By Andy Newport

Published 18/01/2016

All smiles: Danny Wilson is hailed by Andy Halliday
All smiles: Danny Wilson is hailed by Andy Halliday

Danny Wilson reckons Rangers do not need Michael O'Halloran's help to reclaim their place in the Ladbrokes Premiership. But the Light Blues defender would be glad to see the St Johnstone man become the third new signing at Ibrox this month.

Boss Mark Warburton has seen two offers for the Perth forward turned down but is reportedly closing in on the 25-year-old with a fresh £500,000 offer.

Brentford's Toumani Diagouraga is also, according to reports from England, nearing his own switch north of the border.

However, Wilson - who has already welcomed winger Harry Forrester and goalkeeper Maciej Gostomski into the Gers' dressing room in 2016 - believes the squad is already strong enough to see off Hibs and Falkirk in the race for promotion.

He said: "I don't think any more signings are essential. I think the players we have got have done a really good job. It's up to the manager, but if this is us for the rest of the season I'm confident in what we've got."

O'Halloran was left out of Tommy Wright's Saints line-up for Saturday's 0-0 draw with Hamilton, and Wilson is a fan of the former Bolton wideman.

"Michael is quick, direct and a good footballer," said the centre-back after scoring the opener in Gers' 4-1 win over Livingston. "He came here in the League Cup, scored and did well."

Rangers have now slammed in 19 goals in their last four games after recovering from the slump which blighted their end to 2015.

They were unstoppable for 45 minutes against Livi, with a Martyn Waghorn double either side of a Kenny Miller strike providing further woe for David Hopkin's men following Wilson's early header. They failed to return after the interval with the same sparkle and allowed Liam Buchanan to trim the deficit.

But Wilson is pleased to see his team hitting form once more.

"It's maybe not as good as we've played all season but the first-half is where we want to be," said the former Hearts skipper. "Our attacking play and our passing was very good, but we know we can be much better than we showed in the second-half."

RANGERS: Foderingham, Tavernier, Wallace, Wilson, Kiernan, Holt (Shiels, 75 mins), Halliday, Law (Zelalem, 67 mins), McKay, Miller, Waghorn (Clark, 67 mins). Unused subs: Bell, Ball, Thompson, Forrester.

LIVINGSTON: McCallum, Morgyn, Gallagher, Gordon, Longridge, Gibbons (Buchanan, 46 mins), Fotheringham, Pittman, Stanton, Glen (Mullen, 46 mins), White. Unused subs: Jamieson, Sheerin, Knox, Currie, Halkett.

Man of the match: Martyn Waghorn

Match rating: 7/10

Referee: Craig Thomson

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