Rangers midfielder Andy Halliday was a surprise starter in Sunday’s 4-0 Scottish Cup semi-final capitulation against Celtic – and after the performance he gave at Hampden, it should also be his last.
The 26-year-old was bombed out by Pedro Caixinha at the start of the season and sent to Azerbaijan on loan before being recalled by Graeme Murty in January after failing to make the grade in the former Soviet state.
Halliday had to suffer the shame of being substituted just before the 40th minute and then hearing the Celtic support sing his name as they revelled in the midfielder’s woeful performance.
As someone who grew up within a stone’s throw of Ibrox and supports the Gers, Halliday should be acutely aware of just how shocking Sunday’s performance was for fans to sit through – and his embarrassing foul-mouthed rant at a fan who was launching abuse his way has done nothing to help his case.
Knowing Halliday is a fan of the Ibrox giants probably makes the fact that he put in one of the worst Old Firm performances in recent memory all the more galling.
Afer spending 40 minutes somehow managing to hide infront of 51,000 people at Hampden, Halliday showed more fight in his brief incident with a fan than he had on the pitch.
It has been clear for the best part of two seasons now that Halliday is not good enough to have a future at Ibrox and, fan or not – there can be no excusing his performance at Hampden.
In other Rangers news, this Ibrox legend revealed he was gutted at the news of David Bates agreeing to join Hamburg.