Andy Halliday urges Warburton to bring free agent John Eustace to Rangers permanently

Andy Halliday says he would be 'delighted' to see John Eustace complete a permanent move to Rangers.

Rangers midfielder Andy Halliday has told The Express that he would like to see John Eustace sign for the club on a permanent basis.

Halliday was one of ten players who signed for Rangers this summer, with new manager Mark Warburton building his own squad at Ibrox in a busy few months.

Warburton has won all nine of his games as Rangers boss so far, and has seen his side score 35 goals in the process, with the Gers boss becoming an instant hero at Ibrox.

With his squad clearly the strongest in the Scottish Championship, you would think that Warburton would be happy with the state of his squad - but there is one more player that could yet sign for Rangers.

Midfielder John Eustace has been on trial at Rangers since the beginning of July, with the possibility of reuniting with Warburton, who coached him at Watford.

The 35-year-old has been trying to prove his fitness at Ibrox having suffered a season-ending knee injury in January, leading to Derby releasing him at the end of last season.

Eustace has now been on trial for two months, and with fans questioning whether he will end up signing a permanent contract, midfielder Halliday has told The Express that he would be 'delighted' to see Eustace stay much longer.

"For me personally, I’d be delighted if John signs because this has been quite a new role for me and he has been mentoring me a wee bit," said Halliday. "I’ve got a lot to thank John for after the start I’ve had and I hope he does sign. It would be another good squad member who would hopefully help us achieve our goals.

"It’s a new squad and we’ve certainly got youth on our side because we’ve got quite a lot of young players. The more experienced boys we have in to help the younger ones the better," he added.

Eustace's veteran leadership and bags of experience would be vital for Warburton and Rangers, who have been blooding young players such as Barrie McKay and Ryan Hardie recently.

Ultimately, Warburton's decision will come down to the strength of Eustace's knee and whether he feels the midfielder can play a key part this season - and Halliday's praise shows just what the Rangers players want to happen in terms of Eustace's future.

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