Former Rangers midfielder Andy Halliday has opened up on his future at Premiership rivals Hearts and confessed that he would be “open” to extending his contract at Tynecastle – despite not featuring regularly.

The ex-Rangers ace has fallen down the pecking order for Hearts this season and as he enters the final six months of his contract, the versatile midfielder still feels very much involved in the first-team under Robbie Neilson.

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Andy Halliday celebrates a result over Celtic earlier this season(Photo by Steve Welsh/Getty Images)

Halliday and his Hearts teammates host Rangers in the Premiership this weekend as he tipped the Gorgie side to be “real strong contenders” in coming seasons.

“Like all players at this period, with so many games coming up, you just want to focus on your football. My main focus is to get back into the team,” Halliday said [Edinburgh Evening News].

“I’ve loved my time at the club. Obviously there has been some frustration for myself because, other than my last couple of years at Rangers, anywhere I’ve not been playing regularly I’ve looked to move on.

“But I certainly feel part of this squad and that’s the same for a number of players who’ve been rotated throughout the season.

“It’s a big club with great training facilities, a brilliant fan base and I believe we’re going to be real strong contenders, not just this season but seasons moving forward.

“So I’ll sit down with the staff and I’d certainly be open to staying.”

The arrivals of Cammy Devlin and Beni Baningime have made minutes hard to come by for Halliday this season with nine of his fourteen appearances coming before the transfer window closed.

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Ex-Rangers star Andy Halliday is hoping for a new deal with Hearts this summer (Photo by Jose Manuel Alvarez/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

With a host of Hearts players out of contract this summer, including reported Rangers target John Souttar, sporting director Joe Savage will have plenty to keep him busy.

Whether he thinks there’s still a future for the boyhood Rangers fan is anyone’s guess just now as Hearts look to become genuine title contenders.

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