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Northern Ireland legend David Healy insists Rangers belong back in the premier tier

By Laure James

David Healy has backed Rangers to clinch promotion back into the Scottish Premiership, where he says the Glasgow club belong.

Rangers take on Motherwell in a two-leg play-off final, starting on Thursday night at Ibrox.

The former Gers and Northern Ireland star believes the club have got what it takes under manager Stuart McCall.

Healy said: "Rangers have a really good record against Motherwell, especially at Ibrox. In fact, when I was there, I remember giving them a few good games and scoring against them.

"A lot of people will want to put in top performances. Stuart McCall doesn't have the job for next season yet, so he will want to get them promoted and impress the board.

"Scottish football as a whole needs a good, strong Rangers in the top division. The Scottish Premier League is where they belong and of course, I think everyone wants to see them promoted. It will help all teams with increased attendances anywhere they play."

Rangers were condemned to the third division in 2012 after financial difficulties, yet back-to-back promotions have seen them claw themselves back, which Healy says has proved their worth.

He said: "It's been well-documented they've struggled off the pitch. On it, they've done enough. The new manager's come in, he's changed things for the better and they're playing again. Obviously being an ex-Rangers player, I know what it would mean for Rangers to be back in the top division."

Meanwhile, Rangers have been restricted to 1,500 tickets for the second leg of the Scottish Premiership play-off final at Fir Park following a stand-off with Motherwell.

It is understood Motherwell asked for 2,000 tickets for Thursday's Ibrox clash and believed they had a deal which would have seen them hand over the entire South Stand at Fir Park, which holds more than 4,800 fans, to visiting supporters on Sunday.

But Rangers began selling tickets to their own fans in those areas and then offered Motherwell only 950 tickets for Ibrox and a compromise couldn't be agreed.

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