Yes, Kilmarnock Were Step Up In Quality – Rangers Star


Rangers midfielder Andy Halliday believes that teams coming to Ibrox have played for a draw, and feels that Kilmarnock did the same on Saturday – but the 24-year-old feels that the Premiership opposition were a step-up in terms of quality.

Lee McCulloch’s side secured a 0-0 draw against the Gers at Ibrox on Saturday in the fifth round of the Scottish Cup and have earned themselves a replay against Mark Warburton’s side.

Halliday has been a mainstay in Warburton’s side this season, having made the switch from Bradford City in the summer.

The 24-year-old has made 30 appearances for the Gers in all competitions, scoring six goals and assisting another five.

Halliday admitted that Killie were a step up in the quality of their opposition as they were better organised and believes that the Gers were the better team on the day.

The 24-year-old is hopeful that his side will put in a strong performance next week and secure passage to the next round.

Speaking in an interview with Rangers TV, Halliday said: “I think every team that has come to Ibrox this year has set up that way, trying to be organised and limit it to no goals and try to get a draw themselves.

“In that case I would say it was a step up in quality because they were very well organised.

“In the transitions of play they managed to get out a few times in spaces where we won the ball back in an early press.

“So it definitely was a step up in class, but we were the better team on the day so hopefully we will put that right next week when we get another go.”

The Championship leaders failed to secure a win against a Premiership outfit for the second time this season, and will be hoping to be third time lucky, when the two clubs lock horns at Rugby Park on 16th February.