Rangers midfielder Andy Halliday’s early return from Azerbaijan has been delayed after a hold-up in releasing the player’s registration, according to a report.
The Daily Record claim that red tape has delayed what should have been a fairly simple process leaving the midfielder in limbo as the fine details are thrashed out.
Halliday had been on a season-long loan deal with Gabala in the former Soviet state however the Gers are working to bring it to an end six months early.
The Gers are reported to have had hoped to have Halliday available in time for their trip to the United States at the end of the week but it appears the 26-year-old will only be part of the travelling party if his return is finalised in time.
“Andy is desperate to be on the plane to Florida but he will not be going anywhere until everything has been agreed,” a source close to the deal said to the Daily Record.
“Unfortunately, there is still some paperwork which needs to be finalised and one or two issues still to be ironed out.
“If no agreement is reached there is still the possibility he will have to return to Azerbaijan for the rest of the season but hopefully it won’t come to that because it suits both parties for Andy to return as quickly as possible.
“Everyone knows he didn’t want to leave in the first place but as soon as Graeme was put in charge everything changed. The sooner the deal is done the better for everyone.”
Halliday was bombed out by former boss Pedro Caixinha and agreed a season-long move to Azerbaijan but the midfielder has failed to make any impact with Gabala with only three league appearances to his name so far.
Halliday joined his boyhood heroes in 2015 under Mark Warburton and has made 90 appearances for the Gers, scoring 15 times, in two seasons.
With the Ibrox side short on numbers in midfield thanks to injuries to Ryan Jack, Graham Dorrans and Jordan Rossiter, manager Graeme Murty has decided to bring Halliday back into the fold.
Football Insider verdict:
Halliday’s return will still almost certainly happen and the delay will be resolved in the next day or two. The midfielder’s return has been made a little less crucial by the loan signing of Sean Goss – unless Murty plans using Halliday elsewhere – and if it does somehow end up not happening it’s hardly the end of the world. Halliday’s lack of game-time in Azerbaijan is quite worrying though and hardly instills confidence going into the second-half of the season. Halliday is apparently already back in Glasgow so it’s unlikely that any hitch is going to bring the whole thing crashing down.
In other Rangers news, Bob Malcolm believes that Andy Halliday can still do a job for Rangers 
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