Rangers midfielder Andy Halliday has insisted he’ll be ready to play left-back in next week’s Old Firm clash against Celtic if called upon by manager Graeme Murty.
The Gers could be without Declan John and Lee Wallace when their bitter rivals cross the city next Sunday with Halliday next in line for a start.
The midfielder has played there a couple of times for Rangers now as well as filling in at left-back earlier in his career and admits he feels comfortable playing there.
Halliday also joked how he got Premier League attacker Wilfried Zaha an England call-up after coming up against the Crystal Palace star while playing for Middlesbrough prior to his move to Ibrox.
“I wouldn’t have any problem playing left back in the Old Firm game,” Halliday said, as quoted by the Evening Times.
“It’s a position I’ve played a few times and feel relatively comfortable in. We don’t know how the personnel will be but if the opportunity comes up then it’s a massive occasion and one every player enjoys play in so I’ll be ready.
“The first time I played left back was with Middlesbrough. We had three games that week and I was up against Tom Ince who was being talked up at Blackpool at that time.
“And then after that it was Crystal Palace and I was taking on Wilfried Zaha. We took a doing that day! He is an outstanding footballer. I remember telling my friends ‘this boy’s pretty special’.
“Roy Hodgson was at the game and to be honest I think I got him a call up to England. He’s never said thanks.”
Halliday started at left-back in the win over St. Johnstone in midweek and could also feature in Sunday’s Scottish Cup quarter-final clash with Falkirk at Ibrox.
The midfielder only returned to Rangers in January after being shipped out on an ill-fated season-long with Azerbaijani side FK Gabala which was ultimately cut short.
Football Insider verdict:
Gers manager Graeme Murty better hope Declan John or Lee Wallace can recover in time for the Old Firm clash as the prospect of going into it with Halliday at left-back should worry Rangers fans. The midfielder works hard and will clear his lines but he will be exploited by Celtic’s attackers if he starts – particularly with Jamie Murphy also possibly missing out. Murty’s team selection against Falkirk on Sunday will likely give a hint at his selection for the Old Firm although fans will be relieved that Lee Hodson is behind even Halliday for a spot against Brendan Rodgers’ side.