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Saturday 20 September 2014

Davis leading Rangers team by example, says McCoist

Rangers manager Ally McCoist paid tribute to Steven Davis for the way he has coped with his new role as captain and insists his leadership was crucial to claiming victory over Aberdeen.

The Northern Ireland international has been wearing the armband in the absence of David Weir, who has been sidelined through injury since last month's Champions League qualifier against Malmo.

And McCoist believes Davis deserves credit for helping his team-mates come through a tough afternoon against the Dons at Ibrox on Sunday as Rangers ground out a 2-0 win to remain top of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.

He said: “I thought it was a captain's performance, I really did. I had a wee word with Steven at half-time because I think, the way the game was going, there were a few players looking for a little bit of help and guidance.

“Steven is one of those boys that everybody looks to and I don't think he let anybody down because he attempted to basically run the game and grab the game by the scruff of the neck. The best way to describe it was that I thought it was a Rangers captain's performance to be honest.”

The Rangers boss added: “People might not realise it but the Old Firm is a difficult place to play. There are a lot of players who have not been able to play at the Old Firm. It takes a special mentality. I would have to say that I think Steven Davis has got it.”

Meanwhile, Alejandro Bedoya relished the chance to play alongside United States team-mates Maurice Edu and Carlos Bocanegra for the first time with Rangers.

He said: “I don't know if it has ever been done before where three Americans have all played for the same team professionally like this.”

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