Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 20 September 2014

Pressure is on as Rangers seek victory

Rangers midfielder Steven Davis insists no-one at Ibrox is pushing the panic button despite disappointing starts in both their domestic and European campaigns.

The Scottish champions began their defence of the Scottish Premier League title with a 1-1 home draw against Hearts last weekend.

Ally McCoist's men then slumped to a 1-0 defeat in the first leg of their Champions League qualifier against Malmo, also at Ibrox, leaving their hopes of progressing to the group stage in the balance.

Davis is well aware that those results were simply not good enough in the eyes of their fans and he admits victory at St Johnstone today is crucial.

The 26-year-old said: "It's important as far as the league is concerned. Even though it's such an early stage of the season, it's important we pick up three points.

"We need to go there and put on a good performance and start building the confidence.

"We know we are better than what we have shown so far and it's just a case of going out and doing it on the pitch.

"Everybody recognises that we have had two disappointing results and it's not what we were looking for, but if we can get the season off to a good start tomorrow hopefully we can carry that into next Wednesday's game in Malmo."

Asked if there had been an over-reaction to their opening two matches, Davis said: "You get that, playing for either side of the Old Firm.

"You are either flying or it's all doom and gloom. The players don't get carried away either way.

"We will just concentrate on each game and hopefully start picking up the results we need."

Rangers are boosted by the news that new signing Dorin Goian is eligible for the trip to Perth after being granted a work permit and international clearance, but Davis concedes Rangers probably need more new faces in the squad as soon as possible.

He said: "I think everybody recognises that we need some players in and the management are working hard to try to do that.

"It's a difficult time of year to try to get people in, with the season kicking off so early. Hopefully we can add to the players who are already here."

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