Andy Halliday sends Rangers warning to Celtic ahead of Scottish Cup showdown
By Will Butcher
Andy Halliday believes Rangers now have enough experience to handle the pressures of an Old Firm derby ahead of Sunday’s clash against Celtic at Hampden Park.
Halliday, 25, has started on the bench in the Gers last two outings, as Pedro Caixinha prepares his squad to face Celtic for the first time as manager of the Glasgow giants.
Speaking to the Evening Times, Halliday warned Celtic that the Gers know what silverware and the Celtic rivalry mean to fans and believes his side’s recent form could prove crucial.
“It is a Celtic team that are full of confidence and on form but hopefully we go into it in a good frame of mind after the last two games and we can get a good result,” Halliday said.
“The boys have been here long enough now to know what trophies and the Old Firm game mean to Rangers.
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“It is a massive occasion and everyone in the team knows that. It is important that we start well and hopefully we can show our quality and get a positive result.”
Caixinha will be hoping to put a dismal record against bitter enemies Celtic behind them on Sunday, after losing three times and drawing once in their four encounters.
The 54-time Scottish Champions will be desperate to end Celtic’s hopes of completing a treble in Brendan Rodgers’ first season in charge, with the Bhoys already holding aloft the league cup and league title.
Halliday is not expected to start after failing to make the starting eleven in the Gers last two outings, starting just once against Kilmarnock under Portuguese boss Caixinha.
This season, Halliday has made a total of 39 appearances in all competitions for the Gers, as well as scoring five goals against the likes of Aberdeen, Kilmarnock and Partick.
A place in the final of the Scottish Cup awaits either Rangers or Celtic, with Aberdeen and Hibernian set to go head to head in the other semi.
In other Rangers news, Caixinha has called on his players to concentrate on this ahead of the semi-final.