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29th May, 2018 | 3:47pm

Rangers fanatic with chequered past should be given one more chance under new regime


If ever a player exemplified the up and down nature of Rangers in the last few seasons it is Andy Halliday.

The 26-year-old midfielder, who is a well-known Gers fan, was signed by Mark Warburton in 2015, and was part of the squad which easily won the Championship.

He then scored the goal which put the Gers 2-1 ahead in the Scottish Cup Final v Hibernian, but things haven’t gone well since then.

He was involved in a training ground bust-up with Joey Barton which eventually saw the Englishman leave Ibrox, and was then dropped by then manager Pedro Caixinha.

Halliday then moved to Gabala FK in Azerbaijan on-loan, but the deal was terminated early and he returned to Ibrox.

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Remarkably he managed to regain his first-team place under Graeme Murty, but was then subbed in the Scottish Cup semi-final v Celtic in the first-half and was livid.

After all that you would think that the player has no future at Ibrox – but he should be given a chance under new boss Steven Gerrard.

A new manager can come in and work his magic on a player – you only need to look at an example from the Gers’ bitter rivals from that.

Halliday ran rings around Scott Brown in the 2016 Scottish Cup semi-final, but since Brendan Rodgers took over at Celtic Brown has been a player transformed.

It is perhaps too early to say that Gerrard can save Halliday’s Ibrox career, but he deserves a fresh start, alongside the rest of the squad at Ibrox.

If he doesn’t look like he is going to feature much for the first-team then fair enough, his time at the club should be up.

But if he shows promise in training, like the Gers fanatic he is, Gerrard could be impressed and throw him an Ibrox lifeline.

In other Rangers news, Steven Gerrard is set to listen to offers for eight players

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