Rangers manager Graeme Murty has revealed he told returning midfielder Andy Halliday “not many” people get a second chance at Ibrox after his loan in Azerbaijan was cut short by the Gers.
Halliday has made 90 appearances for the Gers and looked to be on his way out of Ibrox when former boss Pedro Caixinha exiled him from the squad and sent him to Gabala on a season-long loan in the summer.
The midfielder struggled for regular games in the former Soviet state and has returned to Ibrox six months early.
Halliday is joined by Michael O’Halloran in getting a second chance at Ibrox and Murty revealed he was delighted to welcome the former Bradford star back into the fold.
“I’m delighted to have Andy back,” Murty said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
“He’s an aggressive midfield player and I think we have been light in that department.
“He’s been here and he knows the club. And at the end of the day he’s just desperate to play for Rangers.
“It’s an easy sell to him. You just say ‘Look Andy, you’ve got a second chance here and not many people get that at Rangers’.”
Halliday has had spells with Livingston, Bradford, Walsall, Blackpool and Middlesbrough before signing for his boyhood heroes in 2015.
The 26-year-old made his first appearance since returning in Friday morning’s win over Atletico Mineiro and was handed the captain’s armband.
Halliday’s Rangers contract runs until 2020 and the midfielder will hope to impress after being handed a chance to salvage his Rangers career by Murty.
The midfielder rejoins Rangers as the Gers struggle for numbers in midfield with Jordan Rossiter, Ryan Jack and Graham Dorrans all injured and leavig Murty short of options.
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