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Warburton should re-unite with Halliday at Nottingham Forest

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Mark Warburton’s appointment as manager and Evangelos Marinakis’ takeover at Nottingham Forest has really began to fill the club’s fans with hope.

The ex-Rangers manager helped guide the Reds away from relegation to League One and under the guidance of Marinakis is expected to make a host of changes to his squad over the summer.

Warburton signed a lot of players at Ibrox, one of them being midfielder Andy Halliday who, according to the Scottish Sun, is set to be sold on a free transfer in the summer.

The Forest boss should look to try and re-unite with the 25-year-old, who was a key part of his plans in Glasgow and helped Rangers win the Scottish Championship.

A former Middlesbrough and Bradford player, Halliday already has expertise in the Championship with over 50 appearances in the competition.

His best performances at Rangers came under Warburton as it appears the ex-Brentford boss understands how to get the best out of the defensive midfielder.

Halliday would certainly add some grit to the engine room of Forest’s midfield, which, with Chris Cohen and David Vaughan playing starring roles, is beginning to age.

Warburton and the ex-Blackpool player¬†almost certainly had a good relationship at Ibrox too as Halliday was at the centre of a bust-up with Joey Barton and, in a show of solidarity, was handed the captain’s armband in the 5-0 Scottish League Cup quarter final win over Queen of the South, in which the 25-year-old scored.

Good chemistry between player and manager is always something that is key to success at any club and as he is available on a free transfer, there’s no doubt that a deal for Halliday could go wrong and he must become the first recruit of what will be a busy summer for the East Midlands outfit.

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