Ibrox hero Barry Ferguson praises Rangers star Andy Halliday's mentality

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Rangers legend Barry Ferguson believes Andy Halliday won't crumble against Celtic.

Rangers hero Barry Ferguson has told the Daily Mail that he thinks Andy Halliday has the mentality to take on Celtic in the Old Firm derby.

The Gers, who sit 12 points clear of Falkirk at the top of the Scottish Championship, advanced into the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup on Saturday with a 4-0 hammering of Premiership side Dundee.

Goals from Harry Forrester, Jason Holt, Andy Halliday and Lee Wallace handed Rangers a convincing win, and set up a semi-final clash with Old Firm rivals Celtic.

Known as one of the fiercest rivalries in world football, Celtic and Rangers will meet for just the second time since the summer of 2012, as the Bhoys beat Rangers 2-0 in the Scottish League Cup last season.

Rangers now have a chance to not only get revenge for that defeat, but show Celtic that they are on their way back ahead of their promotion back to the top flight.

In a match that causes emotions to run high, many players have been known to lose their cool, and one player who knows more about Old Firm derbies than most is former Rangers captain Barry Ferguson.

Ferguson, who currently manages Clyde, has told the Daily Mail that players must have the bottle to play in such a huge game, given that many of Rangers' players - such as Wes Foderingham, James Tavernier, Rob Kiernan and Dominic Ball have yet to taste their first Old Firm derby.

However, Ferguson did single out one player who he thinks will cope with the pressure. Midfielder Andy Halliday worked with Ferguson at Blackpool and is a born-and-bred Rangers fan, so whilst Ferguson has seen players 'crumble' in Old Firm derbies, he has every confident that Halliday will have the mentality to cope.

"You’ve got to have bottle to play in it," said Ferguson. "You’ve got to have that. I’ve seen guys crumble in this game. But I look at some of the players Rangers have and feel confident. Andy Halliday, who I signed for Blackpool, he’s got the mentality to deal with that. No problem. But yes, Celtic have a number of experienced players who have been there and done that," he added.

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