By Richard Parks
Ex-Rangers manager Mark Warburton has claimed in an interview in the Scottish Sun that Andy Halliday “bleeds blue and white” such is his commitment to the club’s cause.
The midfielder, 26, was a boyhood Light Blue and raised close to Ibrox but was released by the club as a teenager after failing to make the grade.
Halliday then returned when he was signed on a free transfer by Warburton in the summer of 2015 following a spell at Bradford City.
“Andy Halliday just bleeds blue and white,” said the manager, who left in controversial circumstances in March of last year following a fall-out with chairman Dave King, to the Scottish Sun.
Halliday played a key role in helping Rangers win promotion back to the top flight and was instrumental in the Scottish Cup semi-final win over Celtic at Hampden that season.
But life back in the Scottish Premiership didn’t go to plan and he was involved in a heated training ground exchange with big-money flop Joey Barton before being frozen out of the Rangers first-team by Warburton’s successor Pedro Caixinha.
He joined Gabala in the minor Azerbaijan league on a season-long loan deal but made just seven appearances for the club in the opening half of the campaign and Rangers exercised their recall option to recall him last month.
Halliday joined up with Rangers at their winter training camp in Florida and has made five appearances since his return to the club.