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Rangers deal puts David Healy's Northern Ireland future in doubt


David Healy

David Healy

David Healy

David Healy's international future now hangs in the balance after he agreed a new one-year deal at Rangers yesterday.

The Killyleagh man has extended his stay at Ibrox - going against the advice of Northern Ireland boss Nigel Worthington and there is the real possibility that the 31-year-old could now be left out of the squad for the Euro 2012 qualifier against the Faroe Islands on August 10.

Injuries and a lack of game time have been the story of his career in recent seasons and a dream move to Rangers in January saw Healy occupy the substitutes bench longer than he would like.

Even though he managed just eight appearances, scoring one goal for the Gers, boss Ally McCoist moved to retain the striker's services.

The player's strained relationship with Worthington will now hit a new low.

The former Norwich City supremo underlined his patience was wearing thin when he left Northern Ireland's leading goalscorer out of the Carling Nations Cup matches in May against the Republic of Ireland and Wales.

Healy has indicated he still wants to play for Northern Ireland but he could have played his last game under Worthington.

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Meanwhile, Ibrox captain David Weir is also expected to pen a new one-year deal.

The 41-year-old defender is out of contract but is seen as a key member of the Gers squad.

Coach Ian Durrant said: "Davie is a great person around the dressing room and has been our leader for the last four years."

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