‘A privilege’ to sign for Barry

Andy Halliday

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New Boy Andy Halliday has described it as a “privilege” to sign for Barry Ferguson.

The 22-year-old winger is a life-long Rangers fan and looked up to Pool’s stand-in manager as a kid.

He arrived on loan for the rest of the season from Middlesbrough yesterday and is expected to go straight into the starting line-up to face Doncaster today.

He’s delighted to be given the chance to play for Blackpool, and for one of his heroes.

“It’s a privilege to come and play for Barry Ferguson,” he said.

“But more importantly it’s a privilege to come and play for Blackpool.

“I was brought up in a place called Copeland Road in Glasgow, which is basically the back garden of Ibrox.

“My family are all massive Rangers fans and I was a season ticket holder myself.

“So obviously Barry is well known in my family.”

With four new faces in the squad for today’s game, there’s a real buzz around Bloomfield Road ahead of the visit of Paul Dickov’s Doncaster.

Halliday, who has seen injuries blight his current campaign, has played 36 times for Middlesbrough since joining from Scottish side Livingston in 2010.

And he’s hoping this move can kick-start his career in England.

The Glasgow-born winger said: “Because of injuries it’s been a bit stop start for me in England.

“I got 20 or so appearances under my belt last season, but I’m young and still learning my trade.

“I certainly feel this is a big year for me.

“I’m 22 now and it’s an age at which I need to start making a name for myself. It’s a fresh start for us all.

“It’s important we get the results back on the board.

“One result will kick-start the season for us.”

Despite his lack of games, it’s believed the winger could go straight into the side for today’s game.

If he does, he’s adamant he’ll be ready.

“I’m ready for today’s game, 100 per cent.

“Playing is what I came here for and I can’t wait. I’m raring to go.

“I know it’s a cliche, but it seems to be a great bunch of lads here.

“There are a few new faces already and everyone has been made to feel welcome.

“It’s been a whirlwind but I’m delighted to be here.”