By Joe Ellis

15th May, 2022 | 10:00am

Ex-Rangers player Andy Halliday slams 'nonsense' claims ahead of cup final

Andy Halliday used to be something of a fan favourite at Rangers and he will be in the commentary box for the Europa League final in Seville.

But while he has openly admitted that he wants his former side to lift the trophy on Spanish soil in midweek, he has been accused of a lack of professionalism by some.

The 30-year-old now plays for Hearts and the two clubs will face off in the Scottish Cup final next weekend at Hampden Park for the nation’s biggest cup competition.

Halliday has come out to dismay those claims stating that he will be as professional as he can be when his current and former sides take each other on.

“Anyone who knows me properly will understand that idea’s a load of nonsense,” he said, as quoted by the Daily Record.

“Professional footballers play for the love of the game and because they are competitive by nature.

“There’s no doubt what I’ll be trying to achieve on May 21 and I know Hearts have a team who are more than capable of beating Rangers.

“My motivation is that I have never won what I would call a meaningful trophy in my career – and I’m now 30 years old.”

Obvious

Some people have obviously forgotten that an individual can want a side to win one game but not another. You don’t have to cheer a team on in every single game they ever play when things can help their cause.

You would expect nothing less than Halliday hoping for a Scottish success in Seville on Wednesday because the benefits for the entirety of Scottish football could be enormous and trickle down to Hearts and even further down the pyramid.

You would think that even those making these ridiculous claims also know that fact and they’re only saying it to try and get a reaction out of the 30-year-old but he is too experienced to fall for that kind of thing.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst will be fancying his chances against the Jam Tarts anyway having just beaten them in the league despite playing a very young side as he rested key players for the Europa League at Tynecastle.

In other Rangers news, Ianis Hagi could be in line for a shock inclusion for the final two games after what he posted on Instagram yesterday.