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Steven Davis aiming to give Wayne Rooney a warm welcome at Ibrox

Steven Davis is glad Wayne Rooney will step back into the big-time for Manchester United in the midweek Champions League tie at Ibrox.

But he’s hoping the Old Trafford star doesn’t hit the ground running on his return.

Like most people, the Rangers star will welcome Rooney back to football following injury problems and controversies in his personal life because he recognises it’s always great to test yourself against the best.

Davis said: “He is one of the world-class players Manchester United possess and we’re looking forward to playing against him.

“He had a tremendous season last year when he scored an awful lot of goals.

“This season he has obviously had a difficult time but there is no doubting his quality and it’s only a matter of time before he gets back to his best, although hopefully that’s not against us.”

Davis is an admirer of most things United and added: “Paul Scholes is a player I have always looked up to and Darren Fletcher has been excellent.

“Breaking into the United side is no easy task but I think you can see how important Fletcher is to their team now.

“Whenever he is missing there is a bit of a spark absent from them and that in itself tells you what a quality player he is.

“The boys who play with Scotland here absolutely love him and he does a really good job for them. He probably doesn’t get the recognition he deserves from fans but people in football know he is an important cog in their system because he never stops.”

Davis added: “Every player likes to test themselves against the best and there is no better test than against Manchester United in the Champions League.

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