Warburton admits he wants Rangers trialist Andy Halliday to stay at Ibrox permanently

Mark Warburton was impressed with Andy Halliday's display during Rangers' 2-0 win over Ayr United.

Rangers manager Mark Warburton has told the club's official website that he would like to keep wide man Andy Halliday at the club permanently.

Rangers defeated Ayr United 2-0 in a pre-season friendly on Wednesday evening, with goals from David Templeton and trialist Jason Holt handing Warburton a victory.

Holt wasn't the only trialist in action, as Scottish wide man Andy Halliday also started the game as he bids to win a permanent contract at Ibrox.

Halliday, 23, is a free agent having left Bradford City at the end of his contract earlier this summer, and is trying to prove himself worthy of a return to Rangers.

The left sided player was on the books at Rangers as a teenager, and nine years after his exit, Halliday could be set for a return to Glasgow this summer.

Manager Warburton told the club's official website that he has been impressed with Halliday, and is keen to move forward with a permanent deal for left winger.

"He did very well," said Warburton. "He has trained with us from the outset and I was very impressed with him. Hopefully we can move that forward now," he added.

Versatile option

Warburton needs bodies in his squad given that he has few options at his disposal ahead of the new season, and Halliday would certainly help.

Halliday, formerly of Middlesbrough, can play at left back and on the left hand side of midfield, giving Warburton a versatile option in his squad.

On a free transfer, the Scottish wide man represents great value for Rangers - and his impressive displays during pre-season suggest he could be a sensible signing for Warburton.

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