ANDY Halliday says Rangers are learning to win ugly as they climbed to second in the Premiership, two points behind the leaders.

The Gers ground out a 3-0 win over Livingston at Ibrox, scoring two late goals to secure all three points.

Halliday, who is being deployed as a left-back by Steven Gerrard, believes these are the games that matter when it comes to the end of the season.

Speaking to RangersTV he said: “It was a difficult test today, I think over the years we have been guilty of when we haven’t been at our best we haven’t picked up results.

“I think it is refreshing that we have maybe not played at our fast flowing, attacking best but we have managed to get a comfortable victory in the end.

“If you want to be in title race and pick up medals at the end of the season you have to win these types of games.

“You look back eight weeks ago and we were in that type of game at Livingston and we never picked up the victory that day and certainly weren’t at our best in that 90 minutes.

“It is good that we flipped that round this time and managed to get a positive result.

“I have been happy with my performances this season, I didn’t think I was personally at my best today but thankfully other bodies around me played well and we ended up getting a result.”

Halliday and his teammates now return to Europa League action on Thursday evening with Villarreal visiting Ibrox.

It is a crucial week with a positive result vital to progression in Group G and then a victory over Hearts a few days later would put the Gers top of the league.

Halliday continued: “I am looking forward to Thursday, Ibrox will be rocking.

“The Rapid Vienna game is probably the best atmosphere since I have been at the club and that is what it is all about.

“That is why we wanted the European nights back at Ibrox and we have a massive occasion this time. It is a chance to put ourselves in a good position to get to the last 32.

“It is a massive two weeks ahead, it is the games we want to be a part of, the next two games are games which could set us up for a very exciting season.

“It is an opportunity we have not had for a while, it is an opportunity to advance into the knock out stages of the Europa League and it is a chance to go top of the league next Sunday. It is refreshing to be in these positions.”

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