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Last Updated: Friday, 5 January 2007, 20:00 GMT
Webster checks in as loan Ranger
Andy Webster
Scotland international Webster returns to Scotland via Wigan
Rangers have signed Andy Webster on loan from Wigan Athletic until the end of the season.

Former Hearts defender Webster, 24, has made just four starts and one substitute appearance since signing for the Premiership side in September.

However, the Scotland international will not be eligible to make his debut against Dunfermline Athletic in Sunday's third-round Scottish Cup tie.

"I can't wait to play for 50,000 fans at Ibrox," he told the club website.

The Scot, who invoked the help of Fifa to leave Hearts following disagreements, added: "I am delighted to return to Scotland with Rangers.

"I have agreed to join on loan until the end of the season, and hopefully I can extend my stay beyond that."

Ian Durrant, who is in temporary charge of first team affairs at Ibrox, said: "Andy will be a great acquisition for the club."

Wigan boss Paul Jewell reluctantly allowed Webster to move north.

"Webby's a good pro, and he's a good defender who has never given me less than a 100%, in training, or on the field of play," he said.

"What he needs is first team games and hopefully he will get those at Ibrox, which is a great move for him.

"We will review the situation in the summer, but he goes to Scotland with the good wishes of everyone at Wigan Athletic, because he's a lovely lad who has given his all to us while he's been here."



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