RANGERS midfielder Andy Halliday has revealed a “heated” dressing room debate following the 2-0 flop against Hearts could lift the team for tomorrow’s game against Aberdeen at Ibrox.

Players and management scrutinised the display at Tynecastle that saw the Edinburgh side leapfrog their Glasgow rivals into second place in the Premiership behind Celtic.

Halliday was involved in the training-ground bust-up which sparked Joey Barton’s suspension in September after the 5-1 mauling from the Hoops at Parkhead and, ultimately, the Englishman’s exit from the club.

But he insisted this latest clear-the-air meeting can only have a positive effect.

The team struggled against Hearts and gave away two identical back-post goals to Robbie Muirhead as he evaded the attentions of right-back James Tavernier.

Halliday said: “Every defeat is hard to take, but that one more than any one. There is a manner in how you lose and that was unacceptable.

“The performance first and foremost wasn’t good enough, but we lost the battle all over the park. Credit to Hearts, they thoroughly deserved the victory, but from our point of view it certainly wasn’t good enough.

“We have got to get together as a group. We have just had a lengthy talk there. We think there are a few things we need to put right before we move forward as a group.

“But the positive is we have a game now to put that result right.

“Sometimes when you lose, you learn and we have got to learn from that, because a lot of things simply weren’t good enough.

“We looked at key aspects of our game, had a thorough chat about it and a couple of changes might have come out of it. I think we abandoned our way far too early on Wednesday night.

“Sometimes we have got to stick to it and try different things. We have come together and made a group agreement and we are going to try and put that into practice on Saturday.”


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