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Healy demands Rangers win as buyers move in

By Lisa Gray

Sale Sharks owner Brian Kennedy was at Ibrox yesterday as Rangers' administrators continue with attempts to sell the club.

Four indicative bids have been tabled with Duff and Phelps for the stricken Scottish champions, who were forced into administration last month.

Kennedy and former Ibrox director Paul Murray's consortium are the only confirmed bidders with an American consortium also reported to be among the interested parties.

Manager Ally McCoist was also at the stadium yesterday, as Rangers attempt to resolve their off-field issues, while trying to ensure a return to winning ways on the park.

They suffered a third defeat in four games since going into administration when they lost to Dundee United on Saturday.

The defeat at Tannadice means fierce rivals Celtic could clinch the title at Ibrox on Sunday if Motherwell drop points to Kilmarnock on Saturday.

However, David Healy believes the Light Blues must take confidence from their last home meeting with the Hoops — an emphatic 4-2 victory in September.

The Northern Ireland striker said: “It's going to be a tough challenge and it's always a big game.

“I know everybody here is looking forward to it and Celtic will be looking to bounce back after their disappointment in the (League) Cup final.

“There's everything that goes with the Old Firm in terms of the passion and Celtic might have the chance to win the league.

“But we beat them earlier in the season, which was an incredible game and performance.

“The atmosphere that day was electric so I know there is going to be a huge, passionate support for both sides on Sunday and everybody is going to be looking forward to it.

“The gaffer, from now up until the end of this week, will be getting us prepared in terms of what way we are going to play, who is possibly going to play and the dangers we will face against Celtic.

“They have got a good squad and good players — players that can hurt you.

“But come Sunday hopefully we will have done enough during the week to know how we can go out and get the right result.”

The club revealed the total raised by supporters contributing to the Rangers Fans Fighting Fund broke through the £150,000 barrier yesterday afternoon.

And Healy believes fans deserve a victory against their biggest rivals this weekend after rallying around the club.

He said: “It's time for the players to go out and give the supporters, who have backed us 100 per cent, something to cheer about.”

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