Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 September 2014

Trouble and strife for Rangers star Steven Davis after losing ring

Northern Ireland midfielder Steven Davis will spend a second successive weekend kicking little more than his heels — and he accepts the early decision to postpone all six SPL fixtures is the right one even though last week’s postponement led to him losing his wedding ring.

The heavy snow that has hit Scotland led to Wednesday’s confirmation that the programme would be wiped out, a week after Rangers’ trip to Dundee United was called off last Sunday.

The Gers had already travelled to Dundee in anticipation of playing the fixture, but that wasn’t to be and Cullybackey man Davis later ended up in trouble with his wife.

“I can totally understand why the games have been called off,” said Davis.

“There has been heavy snow all week and you don't want to risk any injuries to the players and of course to the supporters as a result of travel difficulties.

“It's the right decision but at the same time it's frustrating to have two games in a row called off.”

Rangers players were forced to push the team bus on their return to Glasgow from Dundee on Sunday.

“It took us ages to get back from Dundee last weekend which showed how bad the conditions were, but we had a bit of a good laugh too,” said Davis.

“All the boys were out pushing the bus which had become stuck in the snow and they helped a few other drivers too.

“I managed to lose my wedding ring in amongst the melee which didn't go down too well.”

Rangers were set to host Hearts at Ibrox tomorrow and midfielder Lee McCulloch hopes another free weekend will help ease the Scottish champions' injury worries.

He said: “It will probably help us out injury-wise in terms of getting numbers back for the two games we've got next week.

“The weather has obviously been bad, as everyone can see, so it was probably the right decision.

“It's better to get the games called off earlier rather than later. The weather, the motorways — everything has been terrible.”

Celtic were set to travel to Aberdeen for a lunchtime kick-off tomorrow.

Injured captain Scott Brown said: “I think it's the right decision. I think it's more to do with fans getting to the games. It's been hard for people to get into training, never mind the games.”

Kilmarnock missed out on a trip to Motherwell and boss Mixu Paatelainen said: “I was disappointed when I heard the games were postponed, that was my initial reaction, but I do understand the reasons behind the decision.”

The other games postponed were Hibernian v St Mirren, Inverness v Dundee United and St Johnstone v Hamilton.

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