Ian Ferguson insists Andy Halliday must start for Rangers in Old Firm semi-final

Andy Halliday celebrates after scoring the first goal for Rangers

Mark Warburton's Glasgow Rangers side will face their bitter rivals for a place in the Scottish League Cup final.

Rangers manager Mark WarburtonRangers manager Mark Warburton

Rangers legend Ian Ferguson has urged Mark Warburton to make sure that Andy Halliday is in the starting line-up for the Scottish League Cup semi-final, the Evening Times reports.

The Gers go into the game looking to avenge the heavy defeat they suffered at the hands of their Old Firm rivals in the Scottish Premiership last month. 

Andy Halliday celebrates after scoring the first goal for RangersAndy Halliday

And Ferguson has suggested that Warburton should learn the lessons from previous meetings against Celtic - he led the Light Blues to semi-final success in last year's Scottish Cup - and make sure that Halliday is involved at Hampden Park.

"I was shocked that Andy got left out of the last Old Firm game," he told the Evening Times.

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

"In the semi at Hampden, he was the best man on the park by a mile. Mark has admitted that he has made a mistake there.

"It is important that you have got the Bluenose in there. He stood on the terraces and supported Rangers and there was nothing better for the likes of myself, Ian Durrant, Ally McCoist, John Brown, than to get the opportunity to play for the club we loved. It is crucial, it is massive."

Rangers manager Mark Warburton celebrates at the end of the match

Not only will the 25-year-old's allegiances to the Ibrox club mean that his involvement should help the rest of the team understand the importance of the game, but his recent form has also been incredibly encouraging.

Halliday has responded to the Joey Barton saga in perfect fashion. He has arguably been Rangers' best player since the defeat at Parkhead, and if the Gers are to stand any chance of turning the tables and booking their place in the final, they will surely need him to replicate his performance in last season's meeting.

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