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Andy Webster vows to make impact back with Rangers

Andy Webster lifts the Scottish Cup at Hampden
Webster lifted the Cup with retired former captain Lee Wilkie at Hampden

Andy Webster has no regrets or fears about returning to Rangers after getting his career back on track in emphatic fashion with Dundee United.

The defender capped an impressive season-long loan by lifting the Scottish Cup as United captain.

"I'll enjoy a few weeks' holiday with my family and then go back to Rangers early in July ready to make an impact," the 28-year-old told Rangers' website.

"I won't be nervous or apprehensive. I'm looking forward to it."

Webster has only made one appearance for Rangers since his initial arrival on loan from Wigan Athletic in January 2007.

But, while at Tannadice, he has resurrected his Scotland career after a four-year absence during which his progress was derailed by contract disputes and a succession of injuries.

"My year at United has been incredible and one I'll never forget," said Webster.

I feel I've become a stronger person and more experienced with all that has gone on

Rangers defender Andy Webster

"I needed to get back playing regularly again and going to Tannadice allowed me to do that.

"I wanted people to start talking about me as a footballer - pure and simple - and I hope that can now continue."

While in Tayside, Webster has kept in touch with the likes of Rangers assistant manager Ally McCoist, captain David Weir and other members of the squad at Ibrox.

"I always felt part of things at Rangers even when I was out of the team and, in the past week, I've had a lot of messages from guys at the club," he said.

"Davie Weir texted me and I've spoke to Kevin Thomson and Lee McCulloch too.

"Ally McCoist called me on the morning of the cup final to pass on his best wishes and that meant a lot too."

Webster's career hit its first major obstacle when he was frozen out by Hearts shortly before their 2006 Scottish Cup triumph after failing to sign a new contract.

The centre-back endured an injury-hit spell at Wigan after securing a pioneering move a year before his Hearts contract was due to expire.

He suffered knee ligament damage in his first training session at Murray Park and more injuries followed, but he feels stronger for his trials and tribulations and ready to make up for lost time.

"I think, as the years have gone by, I've learned to deal with things better," he said.

"I feel I've become a stronger person and more experienced with all that has gone on.

"Now, kicking on in a football sense is the only thing on my mind."

While Webster looks sure to feature in central defence for Rangers next season, uncertainty surrounds his potential partners with the Scottish champions.

Danny Wilson is expected to leave amid confirmed interest from Liverpool, while Kirk Broadfoot is considering an improved contract offer from the club but has options outside of Scotland.

Algeria international Madjid Bougherra's future remains the subject of speculation ahead of the World Cup, while 40-year-old David Weir is still to reveal his future plans.

Weir's decision is likely to be heavily influenced by the outcome of manager Walter Smith's reflections on whether to continue as manager.

The 62-year-old last week personally met representatives from Lloyds Banking Group, who are looking to recoup around £30m from the club, to discuss the needs of the playing squad for next season.

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