ANDY Halliday admits he asked his girlfriend if he could postpone his winter break holiday so he could celebrate Old Firm victory in Glasgow.
The 27-year-old couldn’t find another flight in time though and partied on the plane instead after a feeling of “sheer ecstasy” at the final whistle.
Halliday has been deployed as a left-back by Steven Gerrard in recent weeks after injury to Borna Barisic and has played 24 times during an intensive first half of the season.
Speaking to RangersTV in Tenerife he said: “I got straight on a plane after the Old Firm; it has been such a long season in a short space of time so it was good that the gaffer gave the boys a bit of time to recoup.
“I flew a couple of hours after the game but I celebrated on the plane, don’t worry about that! I actually said to my girlfriend if there was a possibility to get a flight the next day I was heading down Paisley Road West for the night!
“The feeling at the final whistle was sheer ecstasy, these couple of players who have been here for the last few years have been through some difficult times but we have stood up to it and come back stronger.
“No more than the fans, they have gone through hell and back but they have followed their club all the way through so it was important to get that victory for them and you can see on the streets of Glasgow they certainly enjoyed it.
“I heard my tackle early on went a bit viral but you have to set the tone in a derby. I said to the boys if someone gets the chance to leave a marker on them then do it and I was the lucky one that got the chance.
“It is the best fixture in the world; it is as simple as that. I had some difficult times in that fixture in the past with some heavy defeats but it was certainly good to give a bit back to the fans. It was one nil but it was a doing, it could have been five.
“It added that bit extra because of the way the boys played and the result. When you look at the title race going into the winter break it is looking good for us.”
Halliday and the squad are coming to the end of their winter training camp in Tenerife and he feels the squad are simply topping up on an impressive fitness level which saw them enter the title race and compete in strongly in Europe.
He continued: “It has been brilliant out here in Tenerife, it has been good to get back and get back into the swing of things.
“The legs are feeling a bit rubbery right now after a tough couple of sessions but it has been enjoyable.
“There are times when I feel as if you need that break but I think physically the group looks good and on the back of the performance against Celtic I think one thing to take away from it was you saw the boys’ fitness and the hard work we have put in all season.
“You saw the constant press and the tactics that we formed that day, you saw our fitness shine throughout.
“I think it is more a mental rest that is going to be of benefit for the rest of the season, we have played a lot of games in a short space of time and more mentally than physically it was a good rest to have.
“Everybody loves training and everybody loves playing games so don’t get me wrong it was good to get away, get a break and spend time with my girlfriend and my family.”