Gers stalwart's market value has doubled - the biggest improver under Gerrard?
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Half-Term Report: Andy Halliday

Following on from James Tavernier, we’re going to bridge the gap between defence and midfield with Andy Halliday.
What a turnaround it has been for the diehard Ger this season.
Under Caixinha, he was ostracised. Sent off on a ludicrous loan move to Azerbaijan and Gabala FK.

Halliday was left frustrated by his situation last season. (Photo by Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Unsurprisingly, that turned out to be a waste of half of a season.
However, this first half campaign under Gerrard, has been anything but.
He has made 24 appearances in all, featuring occasionally in his preferred central midfield role, but more regularly covering for an oft stricken Borna Barisic.

Halliday doesn’t offer the same width or ability to beat players, as the Croatian. Yet, he’s still done a fine job in his stead.

Deputising at left-back, he shepherds Hibs’ Martin Boyle towards the touchline. (photo by Alan Rennie/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Two particular highlights

Firstly, his rasping free-kick away at Dundee.
It looked as though it would set the Gers on course for a comeback win. Ultimately, though, it saved them from an embarrassing defeat against 10 men.
Secondly, his Man of the Match display against Celtic.
He was everywhere on the day, first to every ball and consistent with his set-piece deliveries.

Once again, he tussles with an opposition winger, this time, James Forrest. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Ibrox sang his name throughout the closing stages. A memory the blue nose says he’ll take to the grave.
Looking ahead to the run in, far from the outcast he once was, Halliday is an important utility player.
His Transfermarkt valuation reflects that, more than doubling from £315k to £675k since August.
He isn’t blessed with great pace or flair, but he has a good left foot and he always gives 100% for the badge.

Grade: B+

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