Barry Ferguson suggests Andy Halliday and Rangers teammate deserved Scotland call-up

Lee Wallace and Barrie McKay were called up to Gordon Strachan's squad for their upcoming friendlies.

Barry Ferguson has claimed that he is not surprised that Rangers pair Lee Wallace and Barrie McKay have been called up for Scotland's upcoming friendlies, but admitted that he was taken aback by the fact that Andy Halliday and Jason Holt had not made the cut, the Daily Record reports.

The quartet were instrumental in guiding the Gers to the Scottish Championship title, Challenge Cup success and a Scottish Cup final. And while Wallace could make his first appearance for the national team in around three years, and McKay is in line to make his debut, Halliday and Holt will have to wait until the World Cup qualifiers in September for their next opportunity.

But former Light Blues skipper Ferguson believes that they should have received an opportunity this time around. 

"I'm not surprised to see Lee Wallace and Barrie McKay in the Scotland squad - I'm more shocked Andy Halliday and Jason Holt are not in there with them," he told the Record.

"Listen, far be it for me to be critical of Gordon Strachan. He knows what he is doing, he's named his squad and that's fair enough.

"Wallace and McKay are in there on merit but I just think Halliday could have been in after the season he's had and Holt can't be far behind."

While Wallace and McKay have often grabbed many of the headlines - with the former being the Gers' captain while McKay has scored some stunning goals, including a screamer in the Old Firm Scottish Cup semi-final - Halliday and Holt have arguably been just as crucial at Ibrox this term.

Their energy in midfield has been a key reason why Mark Warburton's side are able to play with such freedom as it has allowed the likes of James Tavernier and Wallace to come forward from full-back to offer support in attack.

And the pair have also been able to contribute in front of goal. Holt has scored 10 times in the league, while Halliday has contributed another five. 

But while they have been overlooked this time around, there is surely no doubt that if they replicate that form in the Scottish Premiership next term, they will have no problem putting themselves in Gordon Strachan's thoughts.

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