Ex-Sunderland pair arrive at Rangers

David Healy

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FORMER Sunderland pair David Healy and El Hadji Diouf have checked in at Rangers after deadline day moves.

Healy failed to make an impact in three years at the Stadium of Light, starting just one Barclays Premier League game.

But he believes he can be a bigger influence at the SPL.

He said: “I feel I can bring a lot to the team, not just in the box but hopefully out of the box I can get on the ball and see a pass.

“But strikers are ultimately judged on the number of goals they score and hopefully when the chances come, and I know they will come given the players we have at Rangers, I will be ready to take them.”

Boyhood Rangers fan Healy would love to make his debut in tomorrow’s league clash with Hearts at Ibrox.

He said: “To play at Ibrox at some stage has always been the dream.

“But as a football club we need to get the win, that’s all that matters.”

Meanwhile, Rangers boss Walter Smith feels Diouf will have no trouble coping with the boo-boys north of the border.

Smith said: “The baiting of players is part and parcel of football and that is not going to go away.

"He is an experienced player. He has had it before and I'm sure he will manage to handle it.

"It was only yesterday that Blackburn gave notification that he was available on loan.

"We have only had a week since Kenny Miller left to have a look round, we weren't having much success until that one became available.

"We were pleased to get an experienced forward, he can take the ball, beat men, creates and scores and is also someone who has played at the highest level."