Halliday playing for Rangers in 2015
|Full name||Andrew William Halliday|
|Date of birth||11 October 1991|
|Place of birth||Glasgow, Scotland|
|Height||1.81 m (5 ft 11 1⁄2 in)|
(loan from Rangers)
|2011–2012||→ Walsall (loan)||7||(0)|
|2014||→ Blackpool (loan)||18||(1)|
|2014–2015||→ Bradford City (loan)||12||(1)|
|2017–||→ Gabala (loan)||3||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 October 2017.
Andrew William Halliday (born 11 October 1991) is a Scottish professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Azerbaijan Premier League club Gabala FK, on loan from Scottish Premiership club Rangers. He has previously played for Livingston, Middlesbrough, Walsall, Blackpool and Bradford City.
In January 2015, he scored Bradford City's third goal against Chelsea in the fourth round of the FA Cup. His club went on to win 4–2, a result regarded as one of the greatest FA Cup shock results in the history of the competition.
After promising developments at Ross County, Halliday was scouted by Rangers before being released in 2006. He then moved to Livingston, playing for the under-19s before progressing to the first team and making his debut on 26 April 2008, as a substitute in a 5–2 defeat against St Johnstone. In March 2009, Halliday alongside then Livingston teammates Leigh Griffiths and Joe McKee spent five days on trial with Italian Serie B side Parma.
Halliday's performances throughout the 2009–10 season attracted interest from several Scottish and English teams, this came after he bagged 14 goals in just 32 appearances. At the Livingston player of the year awards for the 2009–10 season, Halliday won young player of the year, as well as being nominated twice for goal of the season.
Halliday joined the then Championship side Middlesbrough for the start of the 2010–11 season, after agreeing to join Gordon Strachan's team. He scored his first goal for Middlesbrough in a 3–3 draw with Ipswich Town on 12 April 2011. His second goal came in the FA Cup against Hastings United.
On 25 November 2011, Halliday joined Walsall on loan until January 2012. He returned to Middlesbrough at the end of the loan with Walsall having opted not to extend the move. On 24 January 2014, Halliday signed for Blackpool on loan for the remainder of the 2013–14 season.
Halliday signed on loan for Bradford City in October 2014. The move became permanent on 22 January 2015. He scored the third goal in Bradford City's memorable 4–2 victory over Chelsea in the 2014–15 FA Cup fourth round. Halliday scored three goals in 32 games for Bradford during the 2014–15 season, but he was released at the end of the season.
On 18 July 2015, Halliday signed a two-year deal to join his boyhood heroes Rangers with the option of a third-year. On 25 July 2015, he scored on his debut in a 6–2 win over Hibernian in the Scottish Challenge Cup. Halliday scored his first league goal for Rangers in a 5–1 win over Queen of the South at Palmerston Park on 30 August 4 days after scoring away from home in a league cup match at Airdrieonians. Halliday scored his first goal at home in a 4–0 win over Dumbarton at Ibrox on 1 December 2015. On 28 December 2015, Halliday received a straight red card in Rangers' 4–2 win over Hibernian by referee Bobby Madden for violent conduct after clashing with Hibs' midfielder Fraser Fyvie. However, the card was later appealed by Rangers and reduced to a yellow while Fyvie was charged with simulation, receiving a two-match ban.
Halliday started 2016 well by scoring against Dumbarton in a 6–0 win then agreeing a new four-year contact extension until 2020 on 13 January. His scoring form continued with strikes against Raith Rovers, Dundee and Queen Of the South. On 25 January, Halliday was sent-off for the second time that season and in even more controversial circumstances, during a league match away to Morton. Halliday was alleged to have made an offensive gesture to the home support after Barrie McKay had scored to make it 2–0 to Rangers which led him being shown a second yellow card, and the decision by referee Barry Cook angered both player and Rangers manager Mark Warburton. Halliday later noted the incident was a career low point. In the absence of regular penalty taker Martyn Waghorn, Halliday took penalties and converted from the spot in the 4–0 win over Peterhead in the 2016 Scottish Challenge Cup Final and also scored his penalty in the Scottish cup semi-final shoot-out against Celtic. He scored a stunning long-range goal in the final against Hibernian to put Rangers 2–1 ahead, but they would go on to lose 3–2.
The following season Halliday made his Scottish Premiership debut in August 2016, after several League Cup appearances, starting in midfield in a 1–1 draw against Hamilton Academical. Rangers first win of the season came the following week in a 2–1 win against Dundee at Dens Park. Despite not starting, Halliday appeared as a half time substitute for Niko Kranjčar in the Old Firm match against Celtic at Celtic Park on 10 September 2016. A few days following the match, Halliday was involved with a training ground argument with fellow Rangers midfielder Joey Barton, which led to Barton being suspended by Rangers for three weeks. The next match, in the League Cup against Queen of the South, with club captain Lee Wallace absent Halliday was named captain of the side despite the official vice-captain Danny Wilson also starting. He played the full game, scoring the second goal in a 5–0 win, while Barton had his contract with the club terminated a few months later.
Halliday is a boyhood Rangers fan and owned a season ticket for Ibrox Stadium for sixteen years. He travelled to Manchester in 2008, when Rangers played in the UEFA Cup Final against Zenit Saint Petersburg, missing a school exam in the progress.
|Club||Season||League||National Cup||League Cup||Continental||Other||Total|
|Livingston||2007–08||Scottish First Division||1||0||0||0||0||0||—||0||0||1||0|
|2008–09||Scottish First Division||12||1||0||0||0||0||—||0||0||12||1|
|2009–10||Scottish Third Division||32||14||3||2||1||0||—||1[a]||0||37||16|
|Walsall (loan)||2011–12||League One||7||0||1||0||0||0||—||0||0||8||0|
|Bradford City (loan)||2014–15||League One||12||1||3||1||0||0||—||0||0||15||2|
|Bradford City||2014–15||League One||13||0||4||1||0||0||—||0||0||17||1|
|Gabala (loan)||2017–18||Azerbaijan Premier League||3||0||1||0||-||4[b]||0||—||8||0|
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