Versatile Rangers star Andy Halliday, has spoken to the Glasgow Evening Times.
The 27-year-old hasn’t had an easy time of it at Rangers.
His dream then looked at an end under Pedro Caixinha, when the Portuguese shipped him off to Azerbaijani club Gabala on loan.
However, he once again fought his way back into the reckoning. Under Steven Gerrard, he earned another opportunity and made 35 appearances in all competitions last term.
As a diehard blue nose, he’s often singled out for abuse by opposition supporters. Yet, he says that rather than wilting under the pressure, he uses the abuse to his advantage.
“With the type of mentality I’ve got, I actually enjoy it. It gives me that extra 10 per cent so it’s healthy. As long as it’s done in the right manner, it should spur you on.
“Of course, you have to be strong to deal with it, when 50,000 opposition fans are shouting your name. But I’ve always said that’s where I’ve got a head start on anyone else. I’d take my mentality over any player – that’s something I’d never change.
“But I’ve had questions over me for the last four years here. We’ve signed near on 40 midfielders since I signed for the club. And guess what? I’m still here. I get asked the question every year but I just have to combat that.”
Halliday isn’t the most technically gifted player at the club right now. Yet, there can be no doubting his resilience.
He’s come back from the brink on multiple occasions and is living every Rangers fan’s dream.
If the manager continues to recruit, Halliday may receive fewer opportunities next season.
However, Gerrard knows that whether at left-back or in midfield, Halliday will always give 100% when called upon.