ANDY HALLIDAY was proud of a resilient performance from Rangers that saw them through to the play-off round of the Europa League.

Halliday slotted in to the back four at left back and played his part in securing a clean sheet that earned a hard-fought draw.

He said: “It’s outstanding. I think there’s been a lot of improvement in this squad but I think the biggest improvement is resilience.

“Maribor are a Champions League outfit, they got to the group stages last year, so it was never going to be easy.

“You could see in the first half last week that they posed a big threat. Second half last week I thought we were excellent, but we knew it would be tough tonight.

“I’m so proud of the boys. It was backs against the wall for the majority of the night but we stood up to the test.”

On his own defensive contribution Halliday was keen to praise his fellow defenders, and had special mention for hero of the night Allan McGregor.

He added: “It’s not my natural position but when you’re called upon to do a job you have to come in and do it.

“It was difficult tonight because I had cramp for the last half hour so it was about gritting your teeth and getting on with it.

“I thought the three boys beside me were superb and it was a big clean sheet.

“What a goalkeeper too. His save before the penalty was great. The thing is with Greegsy, he might not get called on a lot in games but when he does he makes those big saves.

“I said to him after that I genuinely did fancy him to save the penalty but he was laughing and saying everyone says that.

“But I did, I fancied him to save it and he came up big for us.”

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