Andy Halliday celebrates scoring for Rangers
Ahead of Rangers' trip to Fir Park for their Scottish League Cup clash, Andy Halliday has admitted that the Light Blues' defeat to Motherwell in the Scottish Premiership play-off in 2015 may have actually been a positive result for his career, the Evening Times reports.
After reaching the final, the Light Blues were humiliated as Well scored three goals in both legs to win 6-1 on aggregate and retain their top flight status.
Motherwell ran out 6-1 winners on aggregate
Halliday - who had been playing for Bradford City that season - was in the stands for the game. And while he insisted that the result was disappointing, he conceded that it may have been the perfect outcome for him personally.
"The club had to deal with it and it meant another season in the Championship. It was a disappointing scenario to be in at the time," he told the Evening Times.
"But, from a selfish point of view, maybe I wouldn't have been at the club had they won promotion back.
Mark Warburton took over at Ibrox shortly after the defeat
"You never know, the club might not have looked at me had they got up. You never know what might have happened in hindsight."
Regardless of whether the Gers would have still signed the 24-year-old had they gone up, there is no question that his arrival was an important one during Mark Warburton's first season in charge.
His presence in the midfield was a key reason why the side were able to adopt a style of play that saw them clinch promotion automatically and enjoy plenty of success in the domestic cup competitions.
The midfielder's finest hour arguably came in the Scottish Cup semi-final when the victory in his personal battle with Scott Brown proved a huge factor in Rangers upsetting their Old Firm foes.
And ahead of their top flight return, Halliday will be hoping to show this term that had the Gers gone up just over a year ago, and he had been on their shopping list, then he would have been more than capable of shining at the highest level.