The resurrection of Andy Halliday’s Ibrox career has been a major positive this season for Rangers fans.
The diehard Bluenose’s time at Rangers looked over before Steven Gerrard joined. Truth be told, it looked over even when Gerrard did. But the manager has had a great impact on the versatile midfielder.
This was evident on Saturday where Halliday turned out in left back for Rangers. It’s not the first time he’s played there. In fact, on the Wednesday before St. Mirren Halliday earned plaudits from the fans for his commitment after coming on against Kilmarnock.
And after another solid display in Paisley, there’s no doubt that while Borna Barisic remains injured and Lee Wallace is in the background, Halliday has made left back his own.
Stumbling Flanagan needs time out of the team
The necessity for Andy to slot in at left back has been brought on by two things. First choice left back Barisic remains out of action, and the deputising Jon Flanagan has fallen to bits in recent games.
Some of Flanagan’s performances recently have been very poor. It’s difficult to pin down what’s happened to the hardworking Englishman, but whilst he’s going through poor form sticking him in an unfamiliar position at left back wasn’t doing him any favours.
He’s probably happy to get a breather, and perhaps Flanagan deserves a shot at right back, but Andy Halliday has revelled in the opportunity. He simply wants to play. Halliday gives absolutely everything and when the chips were down on Saturday, help urge the team on to victory.
For the short term at least, Halliday has made left back his own.