Rangers midfielder Andy Halliday has opened up on his relationship with former Gers boss Pedro Caixinha – and admits he knew “pretty early” that he had no Ibrox future under the Portuguese.
Halliday barely featured for the Gers after Caixinha’s appointment in March 2017 after having been a mainstay in the starting XI under Mark Warburton.
The midfielder was eventually shipped off to Azerbaijan’s Gabala on a season-long loan deal before Caixinha’s sacking saw it brought to an end in January.
Halliday admits it was “difficult” for him but admitted he appreciated Caixinha’s honesty.
“Pretty early on in Pedro’s tenure, I knew that my immediate future wasn’t going to be at Rangers,” Halliday said, as quoted by the Sunday Post.
“During that period he made it as difficult as possible for me to enjoy being here. I tried to enjoy it every day because I am lucky to be here, but it got to a difficult period and that’s why I went on loan. I could no longer stay and fight to be a part of his plans.
“I don’t think the previous manager and I had a general hatred for each other. It just wasn’t a great working relationship. He made it clear. One thing I will say about him is that he was honest. He made it clear my future wasn’t at the club. That was all we really spoke about at that point.
“It was up to me to work hard for my own personal benefit and I knew I would need to go on loan.
“I don’t want to talk too much about the previous manager. I will behave in the way I think a Rangers man should. I wish him all the best.”
The lifelong Gers fan returned to Ibrox last month and has made a handful of appearances since his loan was ended early by Graeme Murty.
During his time in Azerbaijan, Halliday only managed seven appearances in the former Soviet state.
Halliday joined the Gers from Middlesbrough after impressing then-manager Mark Warburton on trial and was a regular in the side which lifted the Scottish Championship and Challenge Cup.
The 26-year-old has made 95 appearances for the Ibrox giants since signing for his boyhood heroes.
Halliday will be hoping he can help the Light Blues end a seven-year drought without a major trophy by lifting the Scottish Cup this term.
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