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5th Jul, 2016 | 6:51pm

Halliday: This is how Rangers are gaining an edge over Celtic during pre-season

By Dominic Toner

Rangers midfielder Andy Halliday admits that his side are trying to get an early edge on their rivals ahead of the upcoming season.

Ibrox rivals Celtic clinched their fifth successive league title last season but Rangers have showed their intent to try break the trend with a tough pre-season schedule.

Halliday told Rangers TV: “We are trying to get a head-start on everyone else and just not in terms of fitness.

“It’s going to be a tough season ahead of us, but we have got all the tools to put on a good challenge for the title. And it is now all about the physical and fitness side of it.”

The Scottish midfielder played a major role in Rangers’ promotion to the Premiership last season after signing in July 2015 on a two-year deal, with an option for a third year.

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His previous club Bradford was where he made his senior breakthrough and he was a part of the famous FA Cup win over Chelsea, in which he scored the third goal in the tie as the underdogs prevailed 4-2.

With Rangers sealing a return to the top-flight Halliday insists that his side are thoroughly preparing for the physical demands of next season, as they once again compete at the top level of Scottish football.

Manager Mark Warburton has also made some notable key signings to aid their efforts next season, in particular Joey Barton and Niko Kranjcar show the type of quality being imported in.

In other Rangers news, their boss Warburton reveals his plans for Tottenham players to join them.