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Andy Halliday determined to lift Petrofac Training Cup with Rangers

By Gavin McCafferty

Published 20/10/2015

Up for cup: Rangers' Andy Halliday wants semi spot
Up for cup: Rangers' Andy Halliday wants semi spot

Rangers midfielder Andy Halliday is determined to end the club's failure to win the Petrofac Training Cup.

Rangers have failed in three attempts to lift the lower-league trophy following a penalty shoot-out defeat by Queen of the South, a final loss to Raith Rovers, and Alloa's semi-final comeback.

The Ibrox club were not envisaging a fourth attempt to claim the trophy when they fell 3-2 to the Wasps last year, but Halliday wants to make the most of it.

Halliday and his team-mates take on holders Livingston, his former club, in the quarter-finals at Ibrox tonight with a home tie against St Mirren on offer.

The 25-year-old said: "It's obviously the fourth season that Rangers have been in the Petrofac Cup and we have yet to win it, so it's one we are really hoping to add to the collection this season.

"The main factor is we want to win every game and we want to win every cup we are involved in this season.

"And we've obviously not won it so we need to try to put that right. There are a few teams standing in our way and the first one is Livingston. There have been some disappointing results in the Petrofac, but it's that same old - when every team plays Rangers they want to beat Rangers. It's their cup final per se.

"It's something we want to put right and we need to take the confidence from previous games into Tuesday and hopefully the result will take care of itself.

"But we played Livingston a few weeks ago and they were very well organised, very hard team to beat. They had quite a lot of athleticism in their team."

Mark Warburton will not take the competition lightly as he aims to make it 15 wins as Rangers boss - a League Cup defeat by St Johnstone being the only setback this term.

"It's important," Warburton said. "You can't go into a squad of players and talk about a winning mentality and then say, 'This isn't high on our list'. Far from it. It's a game we want to win.

"We are two games from a cup final and silverware, another honour for the club and a day out for the supporters. We want to go with a strong team and win the game."

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