ANDY HALLIDAY sees no reason why Rangers can’t lift the Scottish Premiership title come next May given the squad Mark Warburton is putting together.
Halliday was a key performer last season as Rangers claimed the Scottish Championship in style, and while he anticipates a long, challenging campaign ahead, he is confident top flight title number 55 has a good chance of heading to Ibrox at the end of next season.
He explained: “It’s going to be a tough season, but we are more than ready. It’s what it’s all about and it’s what it means to be a Rangers player.
“Our squad is going to be more capable for these tough games than it was last year, and we’ve brought in some good additions so far.
“When you look at that Celtic game and the Scottish Cup Final, out of a possible seven players we only had five on the bench, with one being a goalkeeper and the other being a 17 year-old.
“Our squad was light – which is the way we want it to be – but we need to have 20 to 22 players that are more than ready and more than capable, and we need to try and stay away from as many injuries as we can.
“We have been quite fortunate with that – we lost Waggy for a period last year and lost Harry, but other than that we managed to keep most of the squad intact and if we do that this year we’ll certainly have a great chance.
“Everyone is going to need to stand up and be counted this year, and there is no reason why we can’t win the title.”
But while Halliday was such an important player for Rangers last season, his place along with most players in the team, is now under threat given the additions Warburton has made to his squad.
Joey Barton is among those joining the club, and while he will provide major competition to Halliday, the lifelong Rangers fan warned all the new arrivals not to expect him to give up his place lightly.
He added: “He’s been a big signing, but so have all of our signings. I know Lukas Jutkiewicz really well who was with him at Burnley last year, and he speaks really highly of him and says he’s a great guy and, first and foremost, is a great player to be adding to the squad.
“I am looking forward to playing with him, and we have a number of midfielders so the competition for places is healthy, but that’s what you have got to expect at a club like Rangers.
“I welcome all the new signings, but they have to take the jersey from me as I certainly don’t want to budge and I’ll be doing everything I can to keep hold of it.”