Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 16 April 2014

Healy calls on Rangers to beat all comers

Northern Ireland star David Healy has challenged his Rangers team-mates to stay unbeaten for the rest of the season — starting tonight against Celtic at Parkhead in a Scottish Cup replay.

After starting in a 4-0 win for Rangers over St Johnstone at the weekend, Healy will hope to play a key role for Walter Smith’s side in the fifth Old Firm clash of the season.

Last time around Neil Lennon’s men hammered their bitter rivals 3-0 in the Scottish Premier League, so revenge will be in the air for Healy and co.

Both Celtic and Rangers are of course going for a domestic treble.

They play in the Scottish League Cup final later this month, are involved in an intriguing title race and the winners tonight will be big favourites to go on and win the Scottish Cup.

Healy said: “Our aim now must be to go unbeaten until the end of the season. It will be tough but, as a club, we have to believe it’s possible.

“Rangers is a winning club and it has always been a winning club.

“It has a winning mentality through it and, since Walter Smith, Ally McCoist, Kenny McDowall and Ian Durrant came back, the success we, as fans, have enjoyed has been unbelievable. The boys who have been here over the past few years are hungry for more.

“For the new lads such as Kyle Bartley, El Hadji Diouf and myself, we are all desperate to get our hands on silverware.”

Celtic will hope to reproduce the form they showed when beating Rangers last time rather than that on display in Sunday’s 2-0 defeat at Motherwell.

Lennon was left fuming with that loss, which handed the initiative back to Rangers in the title race.