Rangers fans have said farewell to Andy Halliday after it was announced on Tuesday evening that he and five other players would soon leave the club.
First team players Halliday, Wes Foderingham and Jon Flanagan struggled for game time this season and will not see their current deals extended, while Jordan Rossiter, Jak Alnwick and Jason Holt have come to the end of their Gers contracts following loan spells elsewhere.
#RangersFC can confirm that Andy Halliday, Jon Flanagan and Wes Foderingham will depart from Ibrox upon expiry of their permanent contracts.
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) May 19, 2020
It was Halliday’s departure that received the most attention on social media, not necessarily because he was the best player of the bunch, but because it’s well known that he’s a lifelong bluenose.
After being let go from the Rangers academy as a youngster, the versatile operator began his pro career at Livingston and spent time in England before earning his dream move to Ibrox in 2015.
Since then, either side of a bizarre loan stint at Azerbaijani club Gabala during the Pedro Caixinha era, he made 152 appearances in all competitions.
Initially, the majority of his appearances came in midfield, but under Steven Gerrard, he was usually deployed at left-back.
He has never been the most technically gifted member of the squad and the recruitment team are likely now looking for better quality in the pursuit of silverware.
Yet, he does have a good left foot and showed 100% commitment every time he wore the jersey, even winning Man of the Match during the landmark 1-0 Old Firm win at Ibrox in December 2018.
Few supporters protested the decision to let Halliday go but many rallied around him on social media and wished him good luck with his next move.
Here’s a selection of reactions from Twitter:
All the best in your future. You lived the dream. Andy Halliday, one of our own💙🇬🇧😢 pic.twitter.com/MvxNwRLCln
— Lewis Wardrope (@Loopy72Wardrope) May 19, 2020
Nothing but love for that man. Lived the dream and did us proud
— Ozzer (@RebornStamper) May 19, 2020
All the best Andy, gave 100% everytime he pulled on the Jersey
— James Morrison (@jamesmo64) May 19, 2020
His passion and loyalty can never be doubted.
Utmost respect Andy halliday !
— bluenose (@MichaelBange1) May 19, 2020
He is, was and always will be one of us. 💙 pic.twitter.com/azPtrP1jnM
— 𝐒 𝐓 𝐔 (@_stuhamilton) May 19, 2020
Lived our dream
— Paul McGoran (@paulmcg54861) May 19, 2020
With us through our lowest and toughest times
Andy Halliday is one of our own 🇬🇧
— Tom Stoltman (@stoltman_tom) May 19, 2020
— JHC (@JHC17626935) May 19, 2020