Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 13 July 2014

Nations Cup: Rangers star Davis can give Worthy inside track on Scots

It would be no surprise if Northern Ireland manager Nigel Worthington asks his midfield star Steven Davis for some inside information on Scotland’s strengths and weaknesses.

That’s because the Rangers man has either played alongside or in direct competition to the Scots’ major threats.

His current Ibrox team-mate, goalkeeper Allan McGregor, was labelled as one of the best keepers in Europe Gers star Steven Naismith.

Of course, team-mates will say those kind of things, but there’s not much cause for doubt.

He is now Scotland’s undisputed No.1 with Craig Gordon losing his place after a string of injuries.

Ex-Gers striker Kenny Miller will pose the main attacking threat and he will be buoyed by his recent move to Turkish side Bursaspor.

It’s in midfield where Scotland’s main strength lies. Davis’ arrival at Ibrox meant the beginning of the end for Charlie Adam, but he has since showed great form with Blackpool, helping them into the Premier League.

Then come two men who Davis (above) has battled with in the past. There have been some exciting Old Firm contests with Celtic captain Scott Brown, while Manchester United’s Darren Fletcher — who Davis tussled with in the Champions League earlier this season — is the heartbeat of the team and when he plays well so too do Scotland.

Defensively though the Scots aren’t so strong, so that’s one area where there’s positive news for Northern Ireland.

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