Rangers supporters have been in fine voice in recent times after seeing their side head into the second international break of the season off the back of an impressive victory.
Steven Gerrard’s men went into their encounter with Scottish Premiership leaders Hearts at Ibrox off the back of beating Rapid Vienna 3-1 in the Europa League a few days earlier, and thus full of confidence ahead of the visit of Craig Levein’s side. And the Gers produced another fine display in sweeping aside the Edinburgh-based outfit, with goals from Ryan Kent, Alfredo Morelos, and Scott Arfield inspiring the hosts to a 3-1 win at Ibrox, thus moving them to within five points of the early pace-setters.
Thus, there have been many delighted Light Blues supporters up and down the country in recent times, several of whom have taken to Twitter recently to praise the efforts of midfielder Andy Halliday, who turned 27 years of age on Thursday.
In fact, many pinpointed Gerrard’s influence as the reason for the Scotsman’s return to form, and those supporters are absolutely right to do so, as the £315,000-rated ace (as per Transfermarkt) has without doubt been reborn under the Liverpool legend.
Ultimately, Halliday made the move back to Rangers in 2015 having spent some of his youth career at the Scottish giants between 2003 and 2006, and he has since gone on to appear 117 times for the Gers, bagging 15 goals along the way.
Yet his lowly position in Pedro Caixinha’s pecking order at the start of last season prompted the former Rangers chief to ship him out on loan to Azerbaijan-based outfit Gabala for the entirety of the season, only for his new employers to cut short that loan spell come the New Year.
Yet Halliday’s return to Ibrox didn’t improve his first team fortunes greatly with just 15 appearances to show for the second half of the campaign, and he like many must have wondering what the future held when new boss Gerrard took over during the summer.
But the former England international appears to have got the best out of the 27-year-old with 12 appearances to show for his exploits so far this term, in which time the Scot has laid on two assists to suggest that he is seeking to make a greater impact in the final third.
And with a fine display in the heart of the Gers midfield in their impressive 2-2 draw away at Villarreal, that was the clearest indication that Gerrard has restored the confidence in the 27-year-old after a testing few years at Rangers – he looks a different proposition under the Liverpool legend.
Yes, Halliday is still not featuring as regularly as he probably would have liked, but such is the demands of European and domestic competitions for the Light Blues, rotation was always going to be important to Gerrard – and the 27-year-old appears to have convinced the manager of his capabilities having started six times in all competitions this term.
There is still plenty more to come from Halliday, but early indications suggest that those Rangers fans praising Gerrard’s influence on the midfielder are absolutely right to do so.
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