Monday, 17 September 2018

Hero to zero and back - the incredible turnaround for THIS Rangers star



"He knows now he’s become very unpopular with fans through no fault of his own – and yes we have better players to select. And that’s great. It’s a marvel to watch the club bloom.

But get off Halliday’s back and let him and the manager get on with it, for goodness’ sake."

Ibrox Noise – 14/08/18

Now, while we still won’t pretend Andy Halliday is or should be a first pick assuming everyone is fit, Steven Gerrard has nevertheless made this increasingly long-serving stalwart of the team bloom in a way no previous manager could, and where Rangers do have better options to select if the squad is fully available, few could argue Andy Halliday has let us down this season.

His versatility in covering at left back for Jon Flanagan or Declan John or anyone else, and now his frankly impressive displays in the middle of the park, working for the team, running for the team, and delivering for the team means that the lad, thanks to the coaching of his new manager, has upped his game considerably and shouted the doubters up.

Have Ibrox Noise always been his biggest supporter? No, we would never revise history and claim we were. But we felt, especially in recent times, that the flak he was getting from many quarters of the support was simply unacceptable and his displays on the pitch certainly hadn’t merited it.

And now he is looking assured – is there any coincidence that following the quoted article, and the support he’s had on here and elsewhere as a result, that he’s looked more confident, happier and done a job which fans have recognised?

More and more mentions of his displays seem to punctuate recent matches, and while no one is pretending he’s Claude Makele or the like, he’s certainly impressing an increasing number of fans who see one of their own in midfield working like a dog and for the shirt, and playing a bit too.

It’s good to see – the Gerrard influence has improved a number of players for sure, and presently, Andy Halliday seems to be reaping the most reward.

And it’s nice to see fans acknowledging him rather than giving him abuse.

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