ANDY Halliday is targeting consistency if Rangers are to continue their title challenge into 2019 but says the Gers are only getting better. 

The Light Blues sit level on points with Celtic at the top of the Premiership, with their city rivals having a game in hand.

Halliday has become a vital part of Steven Gerrard’s squad this season, being deployed in a number of positions and he believes he is becoming a better left-back as the weeks go by.

Speaking to RangersTV in Tenerife he smiled: “We are extremely positive right now, we have been positive all season and we have shown our capabilities.

“Going back to and reflecting on our European run, we went 11 or 12 games unbeaten so it showed we can mix it with the top teams around Europe.

“I think we just need to brush up on the consistency that we have lacked over the last couple of seasons.

“We have certainly shown a lot more positive signs from within the group and now we are actually strengthening so we are going to get better for the last six months.

“I think I have done well at left-back, I have been happy with my own form this season but it has been about the group of players.

“The gaffer has put his trust in a lot of players and rotated when needed, so pretty much everyone in the squad has had a fair chance to show what they can do.

“I have enjoyed left-back when I have been called upon but I have said before whenever I get to pull on the jersey I’m happy.”

Gerrard called Halliday his “unofficial captain” in the wake of the Light Blues’ win over Celtic and the Ibrox born player believes the additions of Steven Davis and Jermain Defoe will add even more leadership to the squad.

When asked how James Tavernier feels about the manager’s comments, he laughed: “Tav knows it!

“Tav is our leader and he is a very good one at that. He is someone I can bounce off of and look up to as well, he is the one who wears the armband and he is the one who gets the upmost respect from all the players and he does do.

“It means a lot coming from someone of the gaffer’s stature; he was a captain himself for a long period of time at his boyhood club.

“I try and help as best I can, whether that is a new player coming in to try and help him settle into the squad or get the best out of the other players, that’s what I try and do.

“I have been very excited by the new boys coming in. I used to watch Steven Davis on the terraces and he is probably one of the best players I have seen play for Rangers in terms of his technical ability and his all round game.

“You can see that when you reflect on his international career and the amount of appearances he has made. You can see over the first couple of days the quality he is going to bring to the squad.

“Jermain Defoe is here now too and it has felt like a bizarre season all round, you look at the gaffer coming in and the stuff that has come with the season so far.

“It’s a massive signing for the club and you can still see he is still fit and healthy regardless of the age he is. Wherever he has gone he has scored goals, he’s got over 150 Premier League goals.

“It’s exciting because we have done well for the first six months but we are actually going to get better.”

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