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Rangers star Andy Halliday explains why he loves it when Martyn Waghorn isn't in the team

Andy Halliday celebrates with Kenny Miller after scoring the second goal for Rangers

The midfielder is the second in line for penalty kicks.

Andy Halliday celebrates with Kenny Miller after scoring the second goal for RangersAndy Halliday celebrates with Kenny Miller after scoring for Rangers

Andy Halliday has revealed the upside of not having Martyn Waghorn in the team – he gets to take penalites.

The Gers midfielder was speaking to Rangers TV after Saturday’s 3-0 win over East Stirlingshire when he made the tongue-in-cheek admission.

“I love it when Waggy doesn’t play because it means I get a chance for a penalty!” said Halliday.

Rangers' Martyn Waghorn scores their second goal from the penalty spotRangers' Martyn Waghorn scores from the penalty spot

“I’m not really expecting too many goals (this season) – if I can get anywhere near the double figures like I got last year I’ll be really pleased.”

The 24-year old has featured in a slightly deeper role for Mark Warburton’s team so far this campaign, so goal scoring opportunities look like being at a premium.

Halliday is the designated number two penalty taker at Rangers and he sounded bullish when asked if he felt whether that will still be the case following some high-profile arrivals this summer.

“Yeah I don’t see why not. I’m still taking the mantle upon myself to take penalties, I know I’ve missed a couple now but that doesn’t bother me I’ll just go again,” said the midfielder.

Andy Halliday celebrates after scoring the first goal for RangersAndy Halliday celebrates after for Rangers

“It was obviously disappointing to miss a couple of penalties but I’ve scored four and I think Waggy’s missed two so I can use him as an example!”

The former Bradford City midfielder enjoyed a fantastic debut campaign with Rangers, scoring eight goals in 44 appearances, and he will have no intention of giving up his first-team birth.

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Competition will be a lot tougher this season however, with the likes of Nico Kranjcar, Joey Barton and Jordan Rossiter now providing a strong challenge in midfield.

Halliday’s deployment in a deeper role could be the key to him seeing plenty of game time and based on his start to the season, he may have found his best position.

After some shrewd transfer business this summer Warburton now boasts an embarrassment of riches in the heart of midfield and he will feel confident that his squad can go toe to toe with any other in the league.

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