By Emma Sanders
Andy Halliday has admitted it’s hard to feel “joy” while playing for Rangers because the pressure to succeed is so strong and the players fear losing.
The midfielder revealed the overwhelming feeling after Rangers’ last-gasp 1-0 victory against Dundee on Saturday was of relief not joy.
Rangers’ victory means they remain within touching distance of Aberdeen, just one point off second place in the Scottish Premiership, though they still trail rivals Celtic by 11 points.
Halliday also admitted it was “heart-breaking” to drop the amount of points Rangers have this season.
“The biggest thing about being at this football club isn’t actually the joy of winning, it’s the fear of losing. It’s as simple as that,” said Halliday, as reported by the Daily Record.
“Any footballer worth his salt hates losing so much and to have dropped the amount of points we have is heart-breaking.
“You want to do well for everyone and that’s why the overwhelming feeling after Dundee isn’t joy, but relief – and I’ll say after pretty much most of the occasions I win for this football club.”
Rangers dropped points for the second time against bottom-of-the-table side Ross County earlier this month during another 0-0 draw and have been held by St Johnstone, Kilmarnock and Hamilton, as well as suffering defeats against Celtic and Aberdeen already this season.
The 25-year-old has featured in all 13 Premiership matches for Rangers this season and started in Saturday’s 1-0 victory against Kilmarnock.
Rangers currently sit in third place in the table but have shown inconsistencies under Mark Warburton this season and risk falling even further behind Celtic before Christmas with fixtures against Hearts and Aberdeen still to come in 2016.
The Gers have won just six of their opening 13 league games this season and their victory against Kilmarnock was the first time they have recorded back-to-back wins during the 2016-17 campaign.
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