Is Rangers' comeback king going to be Gerrard's main utility man?
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Is Andy Halliday going to be Gerrard's main utility man?

Andy Halliday’s Rangers displays have impressed everyone this season. Is it now safe to say he’s Steven Gerrard’s utility man?

The Ibrox comeback king has came back from what seemed like eternal darkness. From being cheered by rival fans to starring for Rangers in Europe, Halliday has done a 180 on his Gers career.

There’s no denying this is down to the belief put in him by Gerrard. Halliday was a shadow of the player he can be last season. These days, however, he’s consistently giving his all for the shirt and making sure he leaves nothing out on the pitch.

Andy Halliday must have felt his Rangers career was coming to an end. (Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Yet, whilst doing all of this and continuously impressing Rangers fans, Halliday hasn’t been stuck to one position.

Indeed, the Rangers manager has preferred the former Bradford City star to play in a variety of areas. He’s a midfielder by trade, but Gerrard has had him at left-back as well as an anchor in the central area. Even with Lee Wallace available for selection, Gerrard has stuck with Halliday on more than one occasion.

This also doesn’t mean that the Rangers star’s contribution at Ibrox has been consistent this season. There have been certain games where Halliday has started, and certain games where he’s come on early or late on. It’s all simply dependant on when Gerrard feels he needs him best.

The manager’s utility man

In that sense, Halliday seems to have become the manager’s main utility man. It’s one of the strongest things about Halliday’s game. The fact that he can play in more than one position is helping to save his Rangers career.

There are plenty of games where the manager has went for a more dynamic midfield. Having the likes of Ovie Ejaria, Scott Arfield, and Lassana Coulibaly available means that Halliday isn’t always required. He’s the perfect squad player and multi-skilled type of star to have around the squad.

Steven Gerrard has managed to instill a belief into Halliday (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Added to that is the fact that he’s simply just happy to be playing for Rangers again. There must have been times when the Gers star thought he would never pull on the light blue of Rangers again. Gerrard has helped him rediscover that dream of playing for his boyhood idols once more.

As it stands, Halliday isn’t a first-choice. He’s probably not even first reserve. But what he is is Gerrard’s utility man – a perfect squad player who can play in multiple positions and do a reliable job in doing so.

He deserves huge credit for turning things around in Glasgow, and for being the kind of man that every manager needs to have in his squad.

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