ANDY HALLIDAY got the opportunity to lead Rangers out for the first time as captain against Queen of the South this evening, and the midfielder described it as one of the proudest moments of his career.
The Copland kid was the stand-in skipper in Lee Wallace’s absence and he marked the occasion by scoring his side’s stunning second goal in a 5-0 victory over the Doonhamers at Ibrox.
The morale-boosting result means Mark Warburton’s men have progressed to the semi-final stage of the Betfred Cup this season and it was a 90 minutes to savour for Halliday as he followed in the footsteps of club legends by pulling on the captain’s armband.
“It is certainly one of the proudest moments of my career to captain this great football club,” he told RangersTV post-match.
There have been many great football players who have captained this legendary club and to be added to that list – albeit one game – it’s a phenomenal achievement for myself, and most importantly it was a 5-0 win for us tonight.
“It’s good to get back in the amongst the goals and I thought we were back to our free-flowing best tonight.
“Apart from a 15-minute spell at the start of the second half I thought it was a lot like the Rangers we are used to.”
On being selected to captain the side this evening he continued. “It’s fair to say it’s something I have dreamed of for a long time and I managed to sample that for 20 minutes against Linfield.
“But being a competitive game [tonight] and with it being at Ibrox in front of our fans, it was probably the proudest moment of my Rangers career.”
Halliday’s goal after the hour mark was certainly a highlight from tonight’s quarter-final tie as he linked up brilliantly with substitute Barrie McKay before curling a sweet shot past Queens’ keeper Lee Robinson.
He said: “My cup record’s actually not too bad since I’ve been at Rangers.
“I’ve not managed to score many league goals so that is something I’ve tried to work on.
“I think I’m more prolific in the holding midfield role, I don’t know how that is, but it was very pleasing to get a goal.
“It’s always good to score in front of the Copland Road Stand so it was a good team goal.”
On McKay’s contribution for his goal and his impact after going on for Jason Holt at half-time, Andy added: “Fantastic. when you are one-nil up against a team and they see a player of Barrie McKay’s calibre coming on at half-time it can’t be easy because he has lightning pace and for such a young boy he’s got the world in front of him.
“I thought he was excellent in the second half.”