Rangers manager Graeme Murty has admitted that he was pretty baffled by Andy Halliday’s performance at first in the Light Blues’ 1-0 Florida Cup win over Atletico Mineiro, but was eventually pleased with the player.
A Josh Windass goal was enough to win the game for a under-strength Rangers side but much of the attention focused on the return of midfielder Halliday, who was making his Gers comeback after spending the first-half of the season on-loan at Azerbaijan side Gabala, after falling out of favour with former manager Pedro Caixinha.
Halliday has been given another chance at Ibrox under Murty, and the Gers manager, who made the 26-year-old captain for the match, was eventually pleased with his performance despite him running the risk of being hooked early or being shown a red card.
“I asked him at the end ‘are you okay?’ He said ‘oh yeah, I’m fine’, so I asked why he was limping for the last ten minutes.
“He understands what it means to play for the football club and I think you can see when he turns out for the Rangers team, he wears his heart on his sleeve.”
Michael O’Halloran made his Light Blues comeback after spending time on loan at St Johnstone in the match, and new boys Sean Goss and Jamie Murphy made their debuts in a Rangers jersey.
The Gers are next in Florida Cup action against Corinthians on Saturday evening before they return to Scotland to begin preparations for the second-half of the season, with the first match back a Scottish Cup tie against non-league Fraserburgh on the 21st of January.
In other Rangers news, Dalcio was criticised by fans for his performance in the match