Rangers star Andy Halliday has praised the club for keeping Alfredo Morelos
He reckons his Ibrox team-mate is the best player in Scotland and is delighted he will remain to spearhead their double bid going into the second half of the season.
French cracks Nice were interested in the 22-year-old hitman, along with several top teams in England and Europe, but, despite signing Jermain Defoe, Steven Gerrard was determined he would not be sold this season.
Morelos has already hit 20 goals for the Light Blues this term and put them right in the title fight.
Halliday said: “He has been the best player in the country this season, so you don’t want to lose him. It is as simple as that.”
Halliday believes that Rangers go into February stronger. Gerrard has brought in Defoe and Steven Davis, Matt Polster and Andy Firth. Glen Kamara and Jordan Jones also signed pre-contracts last month, and last night Dundee agreed a £100,000 fee for Finnish midfielder Kamara to move to Ibrox immediately.
Halliday has also been delighted to see Davis return for a second stint at Ibrox.
“Steven’s obviously had the career that he has had for a reason,” he added.
“He is very tidy in tight areas and you can see his quality.
Rangers star Alfredo Morelos has scored 21 goals this season
“He is someone you can give the ball into in any position on the field and you are confident he will keep it circulating, keep it moving.
“He is going to be a big player for us, and obviously Jermain is another one as well.”
The squad has been strengthened and Gerrard has been backed. Halliday knows there are now no excuses for Rangers not to end the season with silverware. He reckons it would be a massive fail if they don’t.
The self-confessed fan said: “The media and the fans have given us a lot of praise this year because there has been progress, but, if we don’t win a trophy at the end of the year then it has been a failure of a season in my view.
Rangers secured the signing of Jermain Defoe in January
“I’ve not won a real Rangers trophy since I have been here and I am obviously looking to win one.
“The Scottish Cup is one of the two chances we have got.”
Halliday also knows that is what Gerrard is striving for every day. He claimed: “Nobody has got more of a winning mentality than that man.
“He is drilling that into the boys every single day. The progress has been there but we need to progress even more if we want to win something.”
Rangers boss Steven Gerrard had claimed that Morelos could leave for the right price
That was shown by the Rangers manager’s frustration over the second-half performance at Cowdenbeath. They came out 3-1 victors but were 3-0 up at Central Park at half-time. Halliday added: “I think it is an honest assessment of the game. We were poor in the second half.
“It was difficult and obviously the game was won at half-time.
“The pitch froze up in the second half and it was difficult, but that is no excuse. You could see it was lacklustre and slack.
“Credit to Cowdenbeath, I thought they played well in the second half.”
Rangers have set up a tasty fifth-round clash with Kilmarnock at Rugby Park and Halliday knows his team will need to step up the gears.
The 27-year-old said: “It was important we stayed clear of injuries on Wednesday as we have a massive amount of games coming up. It is a hectic schedule, but it is one that we have thrived on.”
Now Rangers turn their attentions back to the Premiership and trying to claw back Celtic’s six-point lead at the top. Halliday knows it is vital to keep the pressure on with a win at home against struggling St Mirren tomorrow.
He continued: “I thought we bounced back well against Livingston, it is a difficult place to go.
“They were flying high at the start of the season and their form has dipped a wee bit, but we went there and did a professional job, but we need to keep that momentum going against St Mirren at home.”