Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 September 2014

Davis hails Rangers' spirit of success

Steven Davis

Steven Davis has hailed the team spirit at Rangers which he says has left them in great shape to retain the Scottish Premier League title.

The Northern Ireland international was on target for his first goal of the season against St Mirren in midweek, a victory which moved them 10 points ahead of Celtic at the top of the table.

“It was a great win for us against St Mirren, especially when you consider the result at Parkhead,” Davis said.

“Beforehand it was important that we concentrated on our own performance.

“It’s difficult at the moment what with the injuries we have and it’s been a tough spell for us.

“But we’re starting to get a few players back and that will help.

“This month in particular has been hard on the body and we’ve had to rely on others coming in and doing a job.

“To be fair, the boys have done that and it’s given the manager plenty to think about.

“There is a great team spirit at the club, there is a great work ethic here too.”

Ending his barren run in front of goal was particularly pleasing for Davis.

“It was pleasing to get a goal again because it had been a while coming,” he added.

“The longer it goes the more frustrating it gets.

“I was maybe lucky with the finish but that’s the break you need sometimes.

“Hopefully I can go on a scoring run now.

“I was making goals but I wasn’t scoring them.

“There is always room for improvement in anyone’s game and that’s something I had to work on.

“I’ve been getting in the box but my finishing hasn’t been up to scratch.”

And Davis hopes that now he has found the net, it will only be a matter of time before Kyle Lafferty strikes it lucky again.

“Kyle is just needing a bit of luck, whether the ball has to go in off his shin, or off his backside or whatever,” he said.

“Kyle is working very hard, he’s trying very hard too and sometimes that can go against you because you can try too hard.

“You put too much into the game and maybe he has to try and relax a bit more.

“His quality will shine through I’m sure.

“He played a great through ball for me to score against St Mirren and that’s what he’s capable of.

“He was unlucky to get a yellow card and I think the gaffer took him off in case he got himself sent off. But he did well for my goal and now he said I’ve got to set him up.

“Kyle is capable of doing that.

“He just needs to get his head down and concentrate on football.”

Rangers are in action at home to Falkirk tomorrow and Davis wants to maintain the feel-good factor.

“We’re in a position anybody would want to be in,” he said. “We’re out in front and we’re leading. But in the last couple of seasons you’ve seen both ourselves and Celtic pegged back.

“So it’s important we focus on each game and keep this form going.

“There is still a lot of football to be played.”

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