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Rangers have what it takes to push Celtic all the way, insists Andy Halliday

 

By Andy Newport

Rangers midfielder Andy Halliday has revealed he was forced to celebrate last month's Old Firm win on the plane to Dubai after seeing his cheeky bid to toast the triumph in the streets around Ibrox foiled.

The boyhood Rangers fan - who grew up just yards from the stadium on Copland Road - helped Steven Gerrard's men halt Brendan Rodgers' run of derby dominance with a 1-0 home win over Celtic.

He later described the victory over the Hoops as the best day of his life but he was forced to dart straight to the airport after full-time having signed up for a sunshine break with girlfriend Jilly Cross in the Middle East.

However, Halliday admits he asked his other half if he could postpone the holiday by 24 hours so he could join the Gers faithful in the bars around Ibrox - only to be left disappointed.

The 27-year-old, speaking from the club's winter training base in Tenerife, said: "I got straight on a plane after the Old Firm; it has been such a long season in a short space of time so it was good that the gaffer gave the boys a bit of time to recoup.

"The feeling at the final whistle was sheer ecstasy."

Gers claimed their first league triumph over their bitter foes in seven years thanks to Ryan Jack's winner. They now sit level on points at the top with the Hoops, having played a game more.

Halliday added: "It is the best fixture in the world, it's as simple as that.

"I had some difficult times in that fixture in the past with some heavy defeats but it was certainly good to give a bit back to the fans. It was 1-0 but it was a doing, it could have been five.

"It added that bit extra because of the way the boys played and the result.

"When you look at the title race going into the winter break it is looking good for us."

Rangers return to SPL action at Kilmarnock on January 23. Gerrard's side visit Cowdenbeath in the Scottish Cup next Friday.

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