Every Rangers game is massive, whatever the venue - Halliday

Andy Halliday is enjoying life at his boyhood heroes Rangers
Andy Halliday is enjoying life at his boyhood heroes Rangers

Nine months on from scoring against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, Andy Halliday is content playing at smaller away venues because it is with Rangers.

In January he helped Bradford City knock Jose Mourinho's men out the FA Cup; in September it was Dumbarton 1-2 Rangers in front of 1,978 fans.

The win extended Rangers' run to 11 wins from 11 matches this season.

"Well obviously I enjoyed Stamford Bridge a wee bit more than Dumbarton!" Halliday told BBC Scotland.

"Stamford Bridge was a massive game but every game is a massive game when I play for Rangers. I look forward to every one of them so the stadium doesn't really bother me to be honest.

"I was always confident in my own ability that I'd end up coming here one day. It was a fresh exciting new chapter for the club and I was wanting to be a part of it. Now I'm here I just want everyone to judge me as a Rangers football player and not the fan."

The 23-year-old Glaswegian has scored three times in 10 appearances since arriving at Ibrox in the summer following stints with Livingston, Middlesbrough and Bradford.

The midfielder admits Rangers were guilty of being "a wee bit too cautious" and winning "a wee bit ugly" against a well organised Dumbarton on Saturday. However, he is not surprised that Mark Warburton's men have made a flying start ahead of Tuesday's League Cup tie versus St Johnstone.

Only Aberdeen and Rangers still have a 100% points record in all Scottish and English senior football leagues.

Andy Halliday scored agaisnt Chelsea as Bradford beat them in last season's FA Cup
Andy Halliday scored agaisnt Chelsea as Bradford beat them in last season's FA Cup

"That's all down to the hard work we've done on the training ground," said Halliday. "It's no coincidence.

"Teams like Dumbarton are going to be the ones who want to end that run so it's going to be like that every week now and we know what we're up against.

"A small sedate stadium was a test for us and once again it's going to be another test for us on Tuesday against a very good Premiership side. It's a big test for us and it's going to be a big crowd - it's going to be bouncing."

Another player to have swapped English football for the Scottish game is forward Martyn Waghorn, who is on 11 goals already after signing from Wigan Athletic.

"We've seen since day one the qualities that Waggy brings," added Halliday.

"He's a strong boy, he's got an eye for goal. He's versatile and he doesn't need to be in that number nine role all the time. I'm delighted for him because he's been excellent and deserves it."

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