Rangers loan Sunderland striker Healy

Scottish champions Rangers today signed Northern Ireland striker David Healy on loan from Sunderland until the end of the season.

Healy, a boyhood Rangers fan, moved to Ibrox after an unsuccessful spell at the Stadium of Light which saw the 31-year-old loaned out to Championship clubs Ipswich Town and Doncaster Rovers.

Rangers manager Walter Smith decided to bring in Healy after selling top-scorer Kenny Miller to Turkish side Bursaspor earlier in the transfer window.

Healy, who could make his debut against Hearts on Wednesday, told the club's website: "I had a trial with Rangers when I was 14 but I couldn't sign back then as I was a little bit too young.

"But it's been well documented that I am a Rangers fan, so are all my family. My dad comes on the boat to watch a lot of the games with his friends so it's a boyhood dream for me. I'm absolutely thrilled to be here."