ANDY HALLIDAY has branded the manner of last night’s defeat to Hearts as “unacceptable” – but he is delighted Rangers have a chance to put it right when Aberdeen visit Ibrox on Saturday.
Derek McInnes will bring his Dons side south to a sold-out stadium, and while Halliday admits the squad are on a downer following their result at Tynecastle, he insists they will be ready for whatever Aberdeen through at them.
Speaking at today’s press conference: “We are feeling a bit low just now, but we have another game in a few days’ time to put the result of last night right. It’s our fourth defeat this season so far in all competitions, and every defeat is hard to take, but I think last night more than any of them.
“There is a manner how you lose, and last night was unacceptable. First and foremost, the performance was unacceptable and we lost the battle all over the park – all credit to Hearts, they thoroughly deserved their victory.
“From our point of view though it certainly wasn’t good enough and we have to get together as a group. We have just had a lengthy talk there and we think there is a few things we have to put right before we move forward, but the positive thing is we have a game in two days’ time to put that result right.
“The discussions are always productive, and none moreso than the one looking at last night. Sometimes when you lose, you learn, and we have to learn from that last night as there are a lot of things that certainly weren’t good enough. We have looked at key aspects of our game and had a thorough chat about it. A couple of changes may have come out of it, and I think last night we may have abandoned our way far too early and sometimes we have to stick to it and try different things.
“We have come together as a group and made an agreement, so we are going to try to put that into practice on Saturday.
“We have to earn the right to win games and recently we haven’t been performing well enough. It’s thoroughly disappointing and we have a good squad of players and some good footballers through there.
“I think we are letting the manager and the fans down just now and we are not playing to our standard of football. The quicker we put it right the better.”
Halliday also discussed the leaders Gers have in their squad, saying: “We certainly have that, and that’s why I’m happy chats like that have just happened. We always have something to say during games and at half-times and full-times.
“We have had a heated discussion in there, and at the end of the day you need to put it into practice so we are looking forward to Saturday now.”