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Andy Halliday wants to emulate Rangers legends

Rangers' Andy Halliday at the Glasgow City Mission
Image: Rangers' Andy Halliday (left) at the Glasgow City Mission

He has been part of the Rangers transformation on the pitch - but Andy Halliday has also been helping rebuild lives off it.

Halliday has been an integral part of Mark Warburton's revolution at Ibrox, and on Wednesday he took the time to volunteer at the Glasgow City Mission.

He was promoting the Rangers Charity Foundation's £25,000 donation to the homeless charity, which will see the shelter open for an extra month in March, providing emergency accommodation during the Scottish winter.

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Rangers' Andy Halliday tells us why helping out at Glasgow's City Mission - an organisation to help the homeless - is so important.

Having grown up in Govan, the former Livingston and Bradford midfielder admits it is a cause close to his heart.

He said: "My mum works at Glasgow City Mission and family centre in Govan so it's a project I was really keen to get involved in. I am delighted that the Rangers Charity Foundation has chosen this because there are a lot of cuts on the night shelter."

"We don't get the great weather in Scotland so it's massive to open the night shelter for another month in March. You can see how happy they are today as soon as it's announced. I'm just delighted because there are a lot of happy faces out here today, if they are happy, I'm happy too."

Rangers' Andy Halliday volunteers at the Glasgow City Mission
Image: Rangers' Andy Halliday volunteers at the Glasgow City Mission

Halliday is keen to help those less fortunate get back on their feet by putting in his own spare time to volunteer. But he is also set on taking the team he has supported since childhood back to where he feels they belong.

Mark Warburton and David Weir have earned plenty of plaudits for the style of football implemented at Rangers, and Halliday hopes it's not long before the squad can emulate the greats of the past.

"We've still got a long way to go to be mentioned in the same breath as some of the Rangers teams of the past but we're heading in the right direction," said Halliday. "With the run of results the place has got, it's starting to buzz again. That's not just down to the results but the style of play on the park. We're trying to send the fans home happy every week."

Rangers' Andy Halliday slots IN to put his side 1-0 up at Queen of the South
Image: Rangers' Andy Halliday scores the opener against Queen of the South

"We've still got a long way to go and the likes of Gascoigne and Laudrup were Rangers legends and quite rightly, they were massive players. To be even mentioned in the same sentences in terms of the entertainment value is a massive achievement."

"We've all got to put that down to Mark Warburton and Davie Weir coming in. They've implemented their style of play on the boys and we worked really hard in pre-season trying to master it as well as we can."

"But we are far from perfect. We still do our video analysis most days of the week because there's a lot of good, but still things we can improve on."

Rangers' Andy Halliday celebrates with Jason Holt after he makes it 3-1.
Image: Rangers' Andy Halliday has scored three goals in all competitions so far this season

Halliday may only have joined Rangers from Bradford City in July, but being a regular at Ibrox has been a long time coming for a player who was released from the youth set-up at Murray Park.

He admits playing for his boyhood heroes is a dream come true, but says he can't afford to lose focus with teams coming to Ibrox looking for a scalp again.

He said: "At the end of the day, complacency kills momentum. We can't let our guards drop because every team wants to come and play us, it's their cup final."

"We wanted to lay down a few markers at the start of the season and we've certainly done that so far. We wanted to bring the fear factor back to Ibrox and I don't think many teams are going to fancy coming to us."

Rangers host Livingston on Saturday as manager Mark Warburton looks to extend his record breaking run of wins. The former Brentford boss became the first at Ibrox to win his first nine games in charge with a 5-0 victory over Raith Rovers last weekend.

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