Former Rangers fan favourite Andy Halliday is closing in on a quick return to the Premiership, with Hearts soon set to secure promotion from the Championship.

Halliday joined the Gers in 2015 and spent five years with the club he had supported since he was a boy, racking up 152 appearances, 18 goals and 13 assists.

Halliday celebrates with supporters after Rangers clinched the Championship title in 2016. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

He was initially deployed mainly in central midfield and latterly at left-back and although not the most technically gifted player in the squad, he has a good left foot and loved playing for the shirt, which endeared him to the fans.

The bluenose was one of a number of first-team players released in June 2020 and a few months later, he joined Hearts on a two-year deal.

It’s been far from plain sailing for the Jambos this season, who are currently winless in four in all competitions, with manager Robbie Neilson and the board coming under serious pressure from supporters.

 

However, they are still set to win the Championship comfortably and return to the top-flight at the first time of asking.

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Former Rangers favourite Halliday is close to making a Premiership return with Hearts. (Photo by Mark Scates/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Hearts are currently on 47 points having played 23 of their 27 matches, with nearest challengers Raith Rovers and Dundee eleven points back having each only played one game fewer.

Halliday has been a key part of the promotion charge, too, featuring in all but one of the Edinburgh club’s league fixtures to date.

The 29-year-old has three goals and three assists to show for his efforts and barring a late collapse of epic proportions, he’ll be returning to Ibrox next season as an away player.

Meanwhile, an important Rangers player has indicated his plans for next season amid contract uncertainty.

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