Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 July 2014

Shiels fully committed to Rangers rebuilding

Rangers striker Dean Shiels claims he never had any intention of departing Ibrox during January and wants to stay with the League One leaders for as long as they will have him.

The Northern Irishman was heavily linked with a move away from the Gers during the transfer window.

The former Kilmarnock and Hibernian attacker says he is determined to hang about as long as possible and re-iterated his commitment with a hat-trick against Dunfermline on Friday night as Rangers booked a place in the William Hill Scottish Cup quarter-finals.

Shiels said: "I wasn't aware of any speculation or bids being made. Obviously there's talk every day about certain things but I just want to stay here and play for this club.

"As long as they have me I will be here."

The rumours about the 29-year-old's future began swirling as he struggled to break back into Ally McCoist's line-up following knee ligament damage.

But he has now struck six goals in his last five games and believes he has rediscovered his top form.

"It's been a good run that I've been on – hopefully that continues," said Shiels. "It's been hard getting back into the swing of things. I was out for nine or 10 months and for any player that can be tough."

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