Rangers falling short with current form, says Andy Halliday

Andy Halliday and Jamie Walker
Rangers lost 2-0 to Hearts on Wednesday night

Rangers midfielder Andy Halliday admits the Ibrox side "are letting the manager and the fans down just now".

Defeat by Hearts at Tynecastle - a third league loss this season - meant Rangers slipped to third in the Scottish Premiership.

"Every defeat is hard to take but last night more than any other," said Halliday, whose side face Aberdeen at Ibrox on Saturday.

"There is a manner in how you lose and that was unacceptable."

Halliday, 25, conceded Hearts "thoroughly deserved" their 2-0 win and insists his team-mates have issues to address on the pitch.

"The performance first and foremost wasn't good enough but we lost the battle all over the park," he explained.

"We have got to get together as a group. We have just had a lengthy talk there. We think there's a few things we need to put right before we move forward as a group. But the positive is we have a game in two days to put that result right.

"We have come together and made a group agreement and we are going to try and put that into practice on Saturday."

Andy Halliday and Mark Warburton
Halliday scored at Pittodrie in September but Rangers lost 2-1 to Aberdeen

Rangers have lost to leaders Celtic, last season's runners-up Aberdeen and Hearts in this season's Premiership and have struggled against the other two sides in the top six, Motherwell and St Johnstone - coming from behind to beat the former and drawing with the latter.

"I'm not too concerned who we are picking up points against because we want to pick up three points every game," said Halliday.

"I think we are letting the manager and the fans down just now, we are not playing to our standard of football.

"We have always got something to say during games and at half-time and full-time, but we have had a heated discussion in there.

"What was said I will keep behind the four walls, but we need to put it into practice and we are looking forward to Saturday now."

Halliday was involved in the training ground row that led to fellow midfielder Joey Barton's suspension by the club earlier this season, with the Englishman later leaving Rangers.

"Yeah, 100 per cent," he said. "It's stuff that goes on in a football training ground every single day. We've got a great group of boys, I get along with every single one of them.

"We just need to show that unity on the park when the chips are down a wee bit and people are starting to sway against us, we need to stick together and show what we're made of."

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