AFTER leaving Almondvale in August 2010 to sign for Middlesbrough, this weekend will be Andy Halliday’s first return to his first senior club.

The midfielder turned out for Livingston 47 times, having made his debut for the Lions aged just 17.

He played for four English clubs before returning north of the border to the club closest to his heart, Rangers.

Halliday won’t be taking a trip down memory lane on Saturday though, he’s there to win and no love will be lost.

The 24-year-old smiled: “This will be my first time back there, as a player, actually, even just going back to watch a game so it will be a good day for me but it will only be good if we get the three points at the end of it.

“It will be another enjoyable occasion as a Rangers player and it just so happens to be my old team again but I have played them twice already this season and they have kicked lumps out of me!

“I’m looking forward to it to try and get another win again.

“The intensity was good on Monday morning after four days off, after a rest for the body, and mentally, it’s hard to get back into it straight away but that wasn’t the case.

“We had a long 90 minute session and the cobwebs are off and we’re all gearing up for Saturday.”

Hibernian could close the gap at the top of the table to two points with a win over Gers weekend opponents Livi.

Halliday insists that won’t place any extra pressure on the players going into their clash at the Tony Macaroni Arena.

The midfielder explained: “We have such high demands at this club so there is pressure on us to win every single game and that is why the Hibs game was so disappointing.

“I have watched the game back two or three times now and I thought we were excellent in the second-half.

“These things happen in football though and Hibs came to Ibrox earlier in the season and they were maybe disappointed they never got anything out of that game, so it is swings and roundabouts.

“When we’d won 11 out of 11 we said the same, it’s a long season and there are a lot of wins to go – that doesn’t change now we’ve had one defeat.

“11 wins out of 12 and five points clear the top of the table is not so bad and it’s looking good right now so we just need to keep the momentum going.”

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