ANDY Halliday insists there will be no hard feelings over the fight for places in the Rangers team this season as the Light Blues prepare for their League Cup opener.

Rangers travel to Motherwell on Saturday and the midfielder is aware of how tough it will be to emulate his 48 appearances from last season.

Halliday admits he has already benefitted from sharing a dressing room with Joey Barton and that the whole squad has been boosted by Mark Warburton’s eight new signings.

The 24-year-old said: “We have made fantastic additions to the squad and great characters, good players welcome good players.

“All the boys are going for the one target and that is to go for that 55, it is going to be a hard year so it was important we brought in good players and the squad is looking really good right now.

“It is all healthy competition for me and it is up to me to try and fight for my jersey and try and keep a hold of it.

“But it is a team game and the unity has been really good in the squad and we just want to get going now.

“I played with Lukas Jutkiewicz at Middlesbrough who was very close to Joey Barton at Burnley and he had a lot of good things to say about him, not just about him on the field.

“Off the park he said he is a very good character and a very good guy and I have seen that first and foremost over the last 10 days.”

Halliday’s boss has been vocal about his dislike when it comes to the timing of Saturday’s game and he agrees.

The team returned to training less than a month ago so are still in the throes of pre-season training after their 12 day trip to South Carolina.

Halliday said: “I am excited, I suppose that is the overriding feeling, we are raring to get going and we have only been back three weeks which is a short space of time so the preparations haven’t been ideal.

“This is something we have to deal with and our targets don’t change, we are going to go and try and win this competition and it starts with the big one against Motherwell.

“Our fitness is good, that is why we went to Charleston and got that hot weather training, it was a tough 10 days for us in terms of the heat and intensity.

We are starting to reap the benefits now being back on home soil and it has given us a platform to go and do what we do on Saturday.”

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