ANDY Halliday admits he would love to see some of Rangers’ youth players break into the first-team before the season is out.

The former academy player has been impressed by those who have been involved with Mark Warburton’s squad so far and wants to see them make the step-up.

The likes of Dylan Dykes, Ross Lyon and Liam Burt have all been included in matchday squads lately but midfielder Halliday would love to be lining up with one of the youngsters, who’s attitude he praised.

The 24-year-old said: “There have been a lot of academy players in and around the first-team training and in the first-team squad so we look forward to them coming through.

“There are some very good young boys who all have the talent and the technique but what they’ve got that hunger and desire as well.

“I always like to see a young boy who has that  swagger and has that bit about him and can put his foot in and isn’t scared to have a go at others players.

“That is what you want to see because they have that self-belief within them that means they can train with us every day and they can make it as a first team player.

“Hopefully as the season goes on we’ll start to see these boys coming through not just in the squads but getting some game time.”

Halliday was a member of the Light Blues’ youth set-up until he was 13-year-old, when he moved on to Livingston.

He thinks Rangers gave him the groundings to build his football career on though, a career that saw him make over 100 senior appearances across Scotland and England before he returned to his boyhood club.

Halliday was speaking at an event to promote the Rangers Youth Development Company, who were being launched as the new sponsors of all matchday shirts from under 17 level and below.

The Govan-born midfielder said: “They gave me the basic foundations to become a football player; they gave me the learning curve and the basic skill set. I am forever grateful for that.

“The Youth Development Company has put a lot of money into the youth system and I think we are going to start reaping the benefits.

“I watch a lot of 20s and 17s games myself I think the future is very bright and we have a lot of good young players and it’s good that we have a manager here who looks to promote youth.”

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