Rangers are reportedly looking to beat six other European sides for Champions League defender Konstantinos Tsimikas ahead of the January window – but what does that mean for Rangers fan favourite Andy Halliday?
Turkish outlet Fotomac claimed Rangers are one of seven European sides to target the 23-year-old defender, who has starred in the Champions League with Olympiakos this season – taking on Tottenham, Bayern Munich and Red Star belgrade.
The report claims Turkish giants Fenerbahce and Galatasaray are going head to head, while French duo Rennes and Nice are also interested in the five-time Greece international. Fiorentina, Rangers and Werder Bremen are also mentioned.
Rangers already have an excellent left-sided defender in Borna Barisic, who has shown this season just why Steven Gerrard was desperate to bring him to Ibrox. Barisic, who is Croatia’s number one left-back, has scored two and created 10 in 21 games.
Jon Flanagan has been used as his understudy, with the one-time England international able to play on either side of the defence. Halliday, who is naturally a central midfielder, has also been used on the left flank.
Due to the form of Barisic, Halliday has only managed one appearance for Rangers since the middle of September. The form of Ryan Jack, Steven Davis, Glen Kamara and Joe Aribo has kept him out of the midfield reckoning.
Barisic, meanwhile, continues to shine over 28-year-old Halliday. Gerrard is a big fan of the ex-Middlesbrough star’s passion and love for Rangers – but with his contract ending next summer, it looks as though Halliday is in his final months at Ibrox.
Now, if Rangers do bring in Tsimikas from Olympiakos, Halliday has almost zero chance of working his way back into the Rangers side and will be as good as gone. The versatile star should be considering his future ahead of January.