We’ve seen many different Andy Hallidays during his time at Rangers. But in his most recent incarnation – at left back – has the diehard bluenose finally found a place in the XI at Ibrox?
Since Halliday joined back in 2015, we’ve seen him across the pitch. Well, across the midfield mostly. From sitting in front of the back four to playing on the wing, to even playing further forward, he’s (usually) been reliable when called upon. If not always a backup option.
But in this side Halliday isn’t just making up the numbers at left back. He looks a very useful option.

Halliday has had some superb performances at left back this season – non more so than against rivals Celtic in December.. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The stumbling form of Borna Barisic has handed Halliday a real opportunity.
Barisic, a full Croatian international, is clearly the first option at left back. A talented player with a superb delivery, he has found the pace and physical side of the game here a real challenge at times. He has also really struggled with injuries since joining from NK Osijek in the summer.

 

Halliday has been offered a chance at left back

It has meant the versatile Halliday has had to come in. And come in he has. Though it should be no surprise.
The Rangers man is a committed and determined player with a pretty powerful motor. He too has an arrowing left foot, but unlike Barisic, has always been good for a goal in a Gers jersey (three this season). There’s a balance of defence and attack at left back which Halliday seems to enjoy.
One of Halliday’s biggest improvement under Gerrard has also been in his concentration. He’s more focused than ever.

Halliday seems to relish both the defensive and offensive responsibilities of the role. (photo by Alan Rennie/Action Plus via Getty Images)

The former Bradford City player now seems to consistently makes the right decision. Before, Halliday’s lack of attention on the ball made him a target for opposition players. Now he remains direct and positive, but responsible and calm.
It’s been very satisfying to see Andy grow into the mature, confident player he now is. And it’s not without it’s rewards.
At left back, Andy Halliday might just finally have found his place in this Rangers XI.

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