His career at Rangers looked finished, but is Andy Halliday set for a reprieve?
The midfielder looked like leaving the club when Steven Gerrard entered the door. A plethora of midfield options came to the club and instantly took Halliday’s place in the squad. It pushed the 26-year-old further down the pecking order.
Added to that, Halliday had just had a shocking end to the previous season. Terrible defensive displays at left-back in a side struggling for confidence saw his energy and morale sapped. It appeared there was no way back for the former Livingston man.
However, it appears that time does indeed heal all wounds.
All of a sudden, Halliday was selected for Maribor. Borna Barisic was injured and it gave him a shot. Supporters may have dreaded the performance their former hero was expected to put in. Yet, the Gerrard factor even appeared to affect someone as down as Halliday.
A solid display as part of a defence that kept the Slovenians out meant Rangers progressed in the Europa League.
If that seemed like a one-off, the midfielder found himself in the side once more on Sunday at Rugby Park. The match against Kilmarnock was always going to be a tough one, and Halliday was trusted in his familiar midfield role.
Yet again, he put in a stellar performance to ensure Rangers left Ayrshire still in the Betfred Cup. It was also a performance that will have reminded fans of the composed Halliday that was so impressive for Mark Warburton.
Performances like that will only increase trust between the defensive-midfielder and Gerrard. Added to that, Graham Dorrans remains injured, and it appears for now as though Halliday has jumped over him for selection.
For now, there is no debating about what the club should do with Halliday. He remains a solid asset to the club so long as he puts in displays such as the one on Sunday and last Thursday.
It seems as though Gerrard has somehow been able to get the demons of last season out of the midfielder’s mind, and allowed him a new lease of life.
So is Andy Halliday set for a reprieve? He’s already got it and taken it with aplomb.