ANDY HALLIDAY is targeting a move to the MLS after being released by his boyhood club Rangers.

The midfielder was told he was surplus to requirements at Ibrox as Steven Gerrard freed six players earlier this week.

Halliday spent five years at the club making 152 appearances and scoring 18 times, including a long range strike v Hibs on his debut.

And despite his disappointment at leaving the club he supported as a boy, the 28-year-old is already looking ahead to the future.

He told The Athletic: “It’s something I’ve kind of known since the turn of the year. I had a couple of conversations with the gaffer (Steven Gerrard) since the start of the season about my future but I want to respect our conversations as he has been brilliant with me since the day he came in and has always been honest.

“Obviously, I wanted to stay and there were times when it looked like there might be a contract on the table but, regardless, I’ve got no bitterness. The most difficult part for me is that I won’t get a chance to say goodbye to the players and the people at the training ground who I’ve built a really good relationship with.

“It would have been nice to play a game at Ibrox and thank them for everything they’ve given to me. They’ve been unbelievable with me and I’m going to miss them. Unfortunately, it’s just the way of the world just now and there are people more struck by this than I am. I’m just the wee boy who cried wolf.

“It was my club I was playing for so it’s never going to feel the same, but I’m trying to look on the bright side. I’m 28 and I’m going into the prime years of my career. Whoever I am going to, I hope I will be a big asset. I think the reason players say that they miss Rangers when they leave is not just the facilities and the fanbase, you enjoy the expectation that you have to be a winner. It’s not even wanting to win, it’s the fear of losing.

“I can’t (imagine himself playing for another Scottish team). I don’t mean any other club disrespect by that. I’d 100 per cent be interested in MLS. It’s something that has been growing over the years and there are big names who they’ve attracted but the news is still pretty raw so I’m just trying to keep myself as fit as possible and assess my options.”