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Healy hopes to land new Rangers deal

David Healy is prepared to gamble on his Northern Ireland career by agreeing a new deal at Rangers.

The Killyleagh man has indicated that he wants to stay at Ibrox — and if Gers boss Ally McCoist grants him his wish it could see him leave the international stage.

The 31-year-old has been warming the bench for much of the time after joining his boyhood heroes in January, sparking warnings from Northern Ireland boss Nigel Worthington that he should leave to secure regular football at another club.

Ironically, it’s the form of another Northern Ireland striker, Kyle Lafferty, that has helped keep Healy out of the first team picture at Ibrox but despite the warnings, Healy is happy to stay put.

Other clubs have expressed an interest in the former Leeds United and Fulham striker but Healy has enjoyed his spell in Glasgow and he’s waiting to hear McCoist’s plans.

Healy’s agent, Stephen Hughes, said: “We are still waiting to see what Rangers are going to do during the close season.

“Obviously, at the end of the campaign, Ally McCoist didn’t know what was happening until the takeover went through.

“I know he has other priorities and is working on them, but I will touch base with him or Rangers next week to see what their thoughts are on David’s situation.

“There is quite a bit of interest in David, but obviously his preference would be to stay at Rangers.”

Northern Ireland’s record goalscorer made just 10 appearances for the Gers, scoring once when he came off the bench to add the final goal in a 6-0 win over Motherwell in February.

Meanwhile, Healy’s international team-mate Steven Davis is set to put pen-to-paper on a new long term deal at Ibrox.

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