Andy Halliday has had a whirlwind Rangers career so far, and it looks set to continue.
On the fringes of the first team, he looked destined to be part of the exodus. Far from let it affect him, he’s worked his way into Gerrard’s plans.
The manager has been delighted with him, and today came out and said the midfielder has a big role to play for Rangers this season.
Signed by Mark Warburton in July 2015, boyhood Rangers fan Halliday is now in his 4th season with the club. He originally only signed a two-year deal.
He was with us when we climbed up from the Championship. He had a famous argument with Joey Barton. He was farmed out to Azerbaijan by Pedro Caixinha. He’s been ridiculed by opposition fans. And he’s been ridiculed by his own.
But he’s still here, fighting every day, because as a footballer there is quite simply nowhere else Andy Halliday wants to be. There’s something in that.
It’s likely Halliday will be used as a back-up player and someone who comes on from the bench. Although, I imagine he’ll get a few starts in the leagues and cups if Rangers are to get in to the Europa League.
So far this season, when he’s come off the bench he’s looked comfortable and composed and helped shore up the team. The jangly nerves have been lifted.
It also helps he isn’t being lumped into left back.
More than that he’s a good influence on new players, getting the culture of the club and attitude of the fans across to them. It always helps to have supporters onside and Halliday is a likeable and passionate character.
Andy Halliday has suffered on and off the pitch as both a player and a fan, but you’ll be hard-pressed to find someone who wants success for the Club any more than he does.
According to Gerrard, he still has a real chance of being a part of it.