// Published January 30, 2011 by content

Rangers have signed David Healy on loan till the end of the season. He is not the name that Rangers fans would have been hoping for. Nor, indeed, is he the man that Walter Smith had anywhere near the top of his wish-list, but he is as good as they are going to get considering their powder-puff clout in the transfer

market. Healy is a Sunderland player but he is so far out of the picture at the Stadium of Light that this is his third loan spell away from the place. He spent a period at Ipswich and has been playing for Doncaster of late. He has scored five times in two years, a statistic that will do nothing to ease the concerns of Rangers people in this critical stage of the season.

Healy’s career has been a strange one. He became an icon in his homeland when he scored the only goal in a 1-0 victory over England in World Cup qualifier in September 2005 and became something of a God when he carried on banging in the goals for his country in the subsequent European championship qualifiers. He scored a hat-trick in a storied 3-3 draw with Spain in September 2006 and finished that qualification series with 13 goals, an all-time record.