Date: 2nd January 2018 at 3:06pm
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Rangers have agreed a deal with Azerbaijani side Gabala to bring midfielder Andy Halliday back to Ibrox early, according to a report.

The Scottish Sun claim that the Ibrox giants have been successful in their negotiations with Halliday’s loan club to cut short his season-long deal and return to Scotland before the Light BLues fly out to Florida at the end of the week.

Halliday was shipped out by former Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha after falling out of favour at Ibrox but is expected to be given a second chance under new Gers manager Graeme Murty.

The 26-year-old has struggled to make much of an impact in the former Soviet state but will return to Ibrox to provide some depth to Murty’s threadbare squad.

Halliday has made 90 appearances for the Gers since signing for his boyhood heroes in 2015 under Mark Warburton.

Football Insider verdict: Halliday is far from the answer to Rangers’ problems but will provide an extra option for Graeme Murty in the second-half of the season. The former Bradford and Middlesbrough midfielder was a disappointment last season and often looked to be going through the motions as the Gers huffed and puffed their way to third in the Scottish Premiership. With Halliday having barely played in Azerbaijan it’ll likely take him a little bit of time to get up to speed – as well as raising questions about just how effective he will be for Rangers if he couldn’t get a game for Gabala. When Rangers have the likes of Ryan Jack and Graham Dorrans back fit, it’s difficult to see where the boyhood Rangers fan fits into the side.

In other Rangers news, David Bates is a fan of the job Graeme Murty is doing

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