By Richard Parks
Fans have taken to Twitter to hit out at Andy Halliday for his reaction to being substituted by Graeme Murty in the first half of Rangers’ 4-0 Scottish Cup mauling by Celtic.
Halliday was seen shouting in the direction of manager Graeme Murty after being substituted four minutes before the break, shortly after Celtic had romped into a 2-0 lead in the semi-final clash at Hampden Park.
Murty insisted he would let the dust settle before speaking to the player as he apologised for the Hampden horrorshow.
New images emerged on social media on Monday, posted by the Rangers Culture Twitter account, of Halliday also arguing with a supporter as he had to be restrained by teammate Bruno Alves before taking his place on the substitute’s bench.
The midfielder, who is boyhood Rangers fan, had been selected in a three-man midfield alongside Graham Dorrans and Greg Docherty as Murty attempted to knock Celtic out of their stride.
But the selection failed to pay dividends and the manager recognised that by withdrawing Halliday in humiliating style before the break.
Supporters on social media were unimpressed by the conduct of Halliday, with many claiming he should be sold immediately by the club for behaving in such fashion.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
I don’t know who said what here. I like Halliday. He is a Rangers man but so am I. He isn’t good enough but today he was flung under the bus by Murty. No player got pass marks. Disgusted by the lot of them. Murty, go now. Seen more fight from my 8 year old sons team. pic.twitter.com/opsyRQI47d
— David (@onlyshowintown) April 16, 2018
Can’t argue with the fan. Guys a total imposter. Boys spending fortunes to go and watch that pish. Hopefully Halliday is stuck on transfer list today, pray someone will buy the clown
— Taylor (@Matthews2411) April 16, 2018
Andy Halliday is a worse player for rangers than what Joey Barton was. That’s gong some
— Kevin Baillie (@gunzofthenorth) April 16, 2018
Andy Halliday is one of their own… remember that. They ravd about him being a Rangers supporter born in the shadow of Ibrox. ????????????????
— Andy Muirhead (@andymuirhd) April 16, 2018
Halliday should be embarrassed at himself and how he played. He deserved to get taken off. Murty has lost the dressing room and has to go now.
— Scotty (@Dotsy1978) April 16, 2018
Fans moan when Murty doesnt change anything, then he does and people are jumping to defend Halliday. Wow. If Halliday didn’t want to be subbed he should have played better. He deserved to be benched.
— Andy (@_AndyMcGhee) April 16, 2018
He was angry at a player on the bench who was laughing when he came off…. Dorrans was far worse but Halliday was the scape goat!!
— David Reid (@Da_vido) April 16, 2018
Halliday should be nowhere near the starting XI. Nowhere near good enough. Period.
— Cathcart Boy (@cathcartboy) April 16, 2018