ANDY Halliday doesn’t think experience matters when it comes to Old Firm day but what, or rather who, he thinks will matter is the Ibrox crowd.
The midfielder has made no secret of the fact he is as much a fan as those who will pack out the stadium for the first Glasgow derby in almost five years and he is targeting a first win against the Gers rivals this season spurred on by home advantage.
Halliday doesn’t believe Rangers have given a good enough account of themselves against their East End neighbours so far and is demanding more on Saturday.
The 25-year-old said: “We have got home advantage, we have the backing of the 50,000 fans that have turned up everywhere we have gone this season and they have certainly been a big 12th man for us.
“We have had a pretty good home record since the gaffer came in 18 months ago and we have to look and take positives out of that.
“We have not lost a league game at home since the gaffer came here so we need to keep that going in Saturday and get the win.
“From a fans point of view it is certainly bragging rights and listen, it is a massive derby but ultimately it is three points at stake so that is what we are going to try and go for.
“We must impose our style of play; I don’t think we have really done that justice over the last two games against Celtic.
“Celtic dominated the game at Celtic Park and won 5-1 and the one at Hampden we have sort of been hanging on and we never really imposed our attacking style of play in that game.
“It is important we get back to that and I think we have done that in our last few games, our form over the last four to six games has been really good so it is important to take the positives out of that into Saturday.”
This will be Halliday’s fourth Old Firm game while many of the current Gers crop were new to the fixture this term he doesn’t think that matters as most of Celtic’s players will experience Ibrox for the first time.
“It is such a big fixture it is one that every football player wants to play in but I don’t think experience takes on too much significance.
“From the Celtic boys’ point of view it is probably the first time they have come to Ibrox and they are going to experience a very hostile atmosphere but a very good one.
“It is one we all look forward to, it is a massive fixture, it is the biggest fixture in Scottish football and it is my fourth one to be a part of and every one you look forward to.
“Celtic obviously have quite a healthy lead at the top of the table so it is important we put on a good show and try and chip away at that lead.
“We were on a four match winning run and then on Wednesday, which was the best we have played out of them all, in the first spell so we certainly see it as two points dropped.
“We had a good winning momentum going so it is tough to drop points so it is important to get back on track and hopefully get the win on Saturday.”