FORMER Hibs, Doncaster and Kilmarnock frontman Dean Shiels signed a four-year-deal to become Ally McCoist’s second signing of the summer in 2012.
Tricky and with an eye for goal, Shiels is still an important part of Mark Warburton’s squad.
The 27-year-old had been on loan from Doncaster Rovers at Rugby Park, where his father Kenny was the manager, and he then signed a six-month deal which expired in the summer of 2012 before moving to Rangers.
The Northern Ireland international scored the winner against Rangers for Killie on February 18, 2012 – just four days after the Light Blues went into administration.He also played in the Kilmarnock team that defeated Celtic in the League Cup final a few weeks later.
Shiels began his career at youth level with Arsenal before moving to Hibernian in 2004 and he spent over four years at Easter Road before moving to Doncaster.
He scored 15 goals in 43 appearances for Killie in his season in Ayrshire and was short-listed for the PFA Scotland Player of the Year award.
His first season at Ibrox began well, and he hit a double as Rangers celebrated their return to football at Ibrox with a 4-0 defeat of East Fife. Shiels also scored in Rangers’ uplifting 2-0 victory over Motherwell in September.
He made his debut for the Northern Ireland national team against Portugal in 2005. He scored the opener in the Ulstermen’s 1-1 draw with Luxembourg to get his first goal for his country.