Rangers managed to grind out a hard-fought three points on Sunday with a 1-0 victory over St Mirren as they maintained their 100% record.
The win meant Steven Gerrard’s side sit with their Old Firm rivals Celtic at the summit of the Scottish Premiership after three matches as they will now look ahead to their Europa League second-leg qualifying tie with Legia Warsaw on Thursday.
The manager admitted the match in Paisley was a tough test for the Gers, but he was pleased that his side managed to come away with the three points and insisted that his side have proved that they can win ugly when they are required to do so (Daily Record).
Borna Barisic scored a wonderful free-kick that Gerrard had called ‘outstanding’ and would have quite rightly have taken the man of the match award at the end of the game without any real argument as his piece of sheer magic was ultimately the difference.
However, Steven Davis should also receive some recognition for his performance on Sunday, despite only being on the pitch for 20 minutes or so.
The experienced Northern Ireland international replaced fellow countryman Jordan Jones (who did not appear to have the best of games in a Rangers shirt) and did some of the important work that can go rather unnoticed at the best of times.
The 34-year-old made himself busy in the middle of the park and quietly impressed those that provide match ratings for players, with many of them giving him a respectable score for the short cameo he had.
Rangers News did not give him a rating but acknowledged his contribution by adding that he provided some additional quality to the midfield, whereas Ibrox Noise echoed those thoughts and gave him a six after making “one or two good defensive interceptions”.
The 4th Official gave Davis a score of 6.5 and detailed the experience he brought to the team by writing: “Calmed things down in the middle of the park and did well to defend the narrow lead with his work ethics and experience.”
Assistant manager Gary McAllister recently raved about how good the veteran had been for the Bears in recent weeks and felt the midfielder was on ‘top of his game’ at the moment (Glasgow Evening Times).
Should Davis carry on in that same form and provide Rangers with the type of performances that he has been able to do so in recent weeks, then it could be a rather big year for the 34-year-old and the Light Blues.
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