Andy Halliday desperate to eliminate 2016 memories with Scottish Cup win|Hearts news
ANDY HALLIDAY was encouraged his objective had clinched the Scottish Cup for Rangers in 2016, just for the silverware to slip through his fingers as Hibs won in significant style.
And the Hearts midfielder is determined not to suffer Hampden heartache for a second time this afternoon.
Four years back, Halliday’s spectacular strike 20 minutes into the second-half wanted to have finished Rangers’ healing from Anthony Stokes’ opener for Hibs after simply 5 minutes.
Giving the Light Blues the lead, they aimed to have one hand on the prize.
However Stokes’ equaliser and David Gray’s injury-time winner left Halliday ruing what might have been.
He does not want that feeling once again.
He said: “It was the objective that might have been. It is one of the lower points of my profession. It was undoubtedly extremely, extremely frustrating to miss out on out on the possibility of a proper winner’s medal.
” It is something that has actually got away from me, definitely in my time in Scotland. I have an opportunity to rectify that on Sunday.
” We are meeting an extremely great group who have actually controlled the league and domestic competitions in the last couple of years.
” But something I will say is that when you are in a last you have always got a chance. It’s one video game, it is winner-takes-all. It is a game I am certainly anticipating.
” To integrate that with the events that happened after it, it was simply a really surreal, shock moment. It’s one I’ll look back on and be very dissatisfied in.
” The regrettable thing in football is that often you do look back in football at minutes in your profession and it’s the ones that got away that stand out a bit more.
” If I score a goal with 10 minutes to go, I definitely hope we can hold on this time!”
Halliday has actually won the Third Division with Livingston in addition to the Champion and Challenge Cup with Rangers, but the Scottish Cup would top the lot.
He included: “It would definitely be my most important medal. It would be the very best out of everything I have won.
“I certainly do not regret anything within my profession. However I will definitely be dissatisfied if I look back on my career and realise I never ever won any ‘real medals’. It is something I would like to achieve.
“Luckily, I am entering to the video game on Sunday with a possibility to do that and a real excellent squad of team-mates behind me.