ANDY HALLIDAY believes Rangers have ‘nine finals’ between now and the end of the season to try and end the campaign successfully.

The utility man reckons the first-team squad have plenty to prove following Tuesday’s Scottish Cup exit to Aberdeen, and while the gap to the top of the table is eight points, Halliday isn’t yet giving up on hope of winning the Scottish Premiership title.

Speaking at today’s press conference, Halliday said: “I know, me personally and a lot of other boys will be the same, we’ve probably not slept too well since Tuesday as you just want that Saturday to come round to try and put things right.

“Listen, the reality is we let the club down on Tuesday. Looking forward, we can’t control what happens over the road – we just have to control the three points we have to get on Saturday afternoons and try and make a title race out of what we’ve got.

“We are never going to give up from the situation we are in, though it’s not perfect. Celtic are obviously heavy favourites, but it is up to us to control what we do.

“In terms of personal pride too, when you are at big clubs and you are tending to fail in the big games, then you are playing for your future. We have nine finals to try and prove that we deserve to be at this football club.

“If you’re not bringing trophies to a club that expects trophies, then you have failed. The next nine games are still big games for us, and it is up to us to try and turn our fortunes around and try close the gap as much as we can.”

Halliday was also quizzed today on the importance of Allan McGregor to the Rangers squad following the goalkeeper’s decision to retire from Scotland international duty.

Halliday added: “He’s vocal alright! But you can never underestimate experience, and he is someone who brings a lot of it, not just game experience but Rangers experience.

“He has been there and done it, won the big trophies here and he is someone who cares a lot about this football club.

“We are very happy to have him.”

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