Former Rangers player Andy Halliday inspired Hearts to a 3-0 win over Alloa in the Scottish Championship on Tuesday night, scoring once and notching an assist.

The 29-year-old was one of six players released by the Gers during the summer following the expiration of their contracts.

Halliday left Rangers after five years at the club. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

It was initially believed that he was keen on a move abroad, but after several months as a free agent, he was snapped up by Hearts on a two-year deal in September.

Steven Gerrard used Halliday primarily as a backup left-back, but since his arrival at Tynecastle, he’s been moved back into midfield by Robbie Nielson and has featured in his side’s first five Championship fixtures.

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The former Ger scored in an opening day win over Dundee, but his most influential performance to date came in this one.

Hearts needed a victory to get back on track following their defeat to Dunfermline at the weekend and they came out of the blocks quickly in Edinburgh.

Halliday was the creator of the first goal, with Michael Smith turning home his cross from the left in just the 6th minute.

Less than 20 minutes later, he got on the scoresheet himself and effectively secured the points. As he burst into the Alloa box he was picked out by a Liam Boyce pass and he produced a quality first-time finish with the outside of his left foot.

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Former Rangers player Andy Halliday scores for Hearts against Alloa Athletic. (Photo by Euan Cherry/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Peter Haring completed the scoring in the 37th minute and with his job done, Halliday was substituted in the second half to keep him fresh for Saturday’s League Cup fixture against the same opposition.

Hearts are now second in the Championship table with 12 points from five matches.

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