Chris Sutton has slaughtered Andy Halliday on BT Sport by slamming the Rangers mainstay as a “bang-average player” who’s only good for taking throw-ins.

The former Celtic star ripped into versatile Ibrox first teamer for his part in Sunday’s explosive Old Firm clash which kicked off when he took issue with Scott Brown celebrating in front of the away support.

Sutton said: “People are talking about Scott Brown at the end of the game who did very little. I didn’t agree with what Scott Brown did, it’s not for me.

“Rangers teams over the years have celebrated with the huddle at Parkhead. Scott Arfield, his celebration [doing the ‘Broony’], he was well within his rights to do it at Ibrox.

“We saw Andy Halliday – a player who they were talking about at Ibrox getting a DVD out about him because he made one tackle – which was 80-20 in his favour.

“And he’s made a couple of throw-ins this season. He’s a bang-average player who’s trying to create melees that aren’t there.

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“Do your business on the pitch, you’ve had one win in the last three seasons. It’s massive deflections worrying about Celtic.”

Football Insider verdict:

This is an acerbic verdict from the straight-talking Sutton, who was falling out with all of his BT Sport colleagues in Wednesday evening’s spiky pre-match chat. Is it fair? Is Halliday a mediocre operator not fit to tie the laces of so many of his illustrious Rangers predecessors? By his own admission, lifelong Light Blue Halliday is far from the most gifted performer. But he is a mighty useful squad man whose versatility, commitment and attitude make him a real asset. He has made 33 appearances this season and won over Steven Gerrard with his spiky performances, whether at left-back or in central midfield. There is some truth in Sutton’s claim that Halliday is limited, but it is also an unfair verdict on a top pro. Nevertheless, Halliday will reflect on his role in the Old Firm melee with some embarrassment. He should not have got so wound up by Brown, and fully deserved the post-match red card that came his way.

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