He signed for Hibs on 30 October 1920, and played in two Scottish Cup finals in 1923 and 1924. He was a regular in the team until his last game, at home to Falkirk on 14 October 1933. In all he played 457 times for Hibs and scored 74 goals. He also worked for Hibernian as a coach, scout (from 1933) and caretaker manager in 1936. Halligan was appointed caretaker manager, a job he apparently detested, of Hibernian after the resignation of Bobby Templeton in February 1936 and held the position for over two months until Willie McCartney became manager. His managerial record in the league was played 11, won 6, drawn 1 and lost 4. He made a brief comeback for Montrose in the 1937-38 season.
He died in Glasgow in 1977, aged 77.
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