DESPITE a wealth of midfield talent flooding through Ibrox’s doors this summer Andy Halliday is still confident he can better his first season at Rangers.
The local lad had a dream start to life at his boyhood club after making an immediate impact when he scored on his debut.
Two trophies, 10 goals and an Old Firm win later Halliday is preparing himself to top that season and is ready to fight it out for a starting spot.
Speaking on tour with the Gers, Halliday said: “The competition is certainly there for me in midfield but it is a challenge I am very much looking forward to.
“I am certainly going to try and top last season because we are all striving for one goal and that is to bring trophies to this football club and go for out 55th title.”
“With the squad we have and the boys we have I think that is an achievable target, so if we do that, along with going for a Scottish Cup or League Cup, then I am sure it will top it.
“Individually after having played so many games for this football club in my first season it will be hard to beat but I am going to try.
“There is more competition but it’s so healthy, that’s what it’s about to be at Rangers Football Club.”
“It’s not right if you’re a player and you know you’re going to be playing every week regardless of how you are training or how you are doing in games.
“We have added a lot of good players to the squad and it is a lot healthier a squad, if you look at the games against Celtic and then the cup final when out of a possible seven subs we could only field five.
“One of those was a 17-year-old boy and that puts a lot of pressure on him when you’re playing Celtic and are going to try and change the game if it’s needed.
“It is a stronger squad this season to go and achieve the goals we are trying to.”
Joey Barton, Jordan Rossiter, Niko Kranjcar, Matt Crooks and Josh Windass have all joined the squad over the summer but rather than be discouraged Halliday has welcomed their quality.
While the latter three have joined up with the team in South Carolina, Barton and Rossiter will meet the squad back in Glasgow to begin the campaign – something Halliday can’t wait for.
He said: “I have been very fortunate to play with some good midfielders in my time and Niko and Joey Barton certainly come under that category.”
“Likewise the other midfielders who we have signed; the two boys from Accrington, Josh Windass and Matt Crooks who can both play in there.
“It’s got to the stage that we’re using the fixtures as a way to get through tough training sessions, looking ahead to what is to come.”
“I am looking forward to the first Old Firm at Parkhead, there is going to be some massive games this season and I got my first taste of an Old Firm last season and knowing there is four more is so exciting.”
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