Linfield manager David Healy relishing clash with former club Rangers



Linfield manager David Healy admits he is delighted to see Rangers back where they belong, and insists the red carpet will be rolled out for his former club’s visit on Saturday.

Mark Warburton’s side have agreed to be take part in a testimonial game for Linfield stalwart Jamie Mulgrew at Windsor Park and ex-Northern Ireland striker Healy is thrilled to be going up his his old employers.

Healy realised a dream when he played for boyhood heroes Rangers for 18 months up until summer 2012 and the one-time Leeds United and Sunderland marksman is delighted to see the Ibrox outfit return to the Scottish Premiership following their devastating financial troubles.

(Pic: BBC)Healy said: “I made no bones about it when I signed for Rangers how much it meant to me, my family and my dad.

“But it’s not abut me, it’s not about Linfield, it’s about Jamie on Saturday.

“It’s a brilliant occasion for the supporters to welcome Rangers and I can’t wait to see Rangers playing at Windsor.

“Scottish football has been poorer for not having Rangers in the top-flight.

“They’ll have the red carpet rolled out. I actually played for Rangers the last time they played at Windsor so I know how well they’re treated.

“They always get a warm welcome coming to Windsor Park and I’m sure it will be no different on Saturday. I can’t wait, I’m looking forward to it.

“I’m sure there will be a big crowd, one that Jamie deserves because I think he’s played in over 430 games.

“It will be competitive from our point of view, and a game that we can test ourselves against really good opposition. It’s a game we’ll be taking seriously.”