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Davis can’t wait for Barry’s return

By Lisa Gray

Steven Davis has backed Barry Ferguson to slot effortlessly back into the Rangers team when he makes his comeback against Inverness this weekend.

The Rangers captain has been out of action for the last five months but is just days away from a first-team return following successful ankle surgery in the summer.

He came through 60 minutes of a reserve match last week and will turn out for the second string again today after being an unused substitute in last night’s Co-operative Insurance Cup win over Hamilton.

Boss Walter Smith has already promised Ferguson a place in his plans once fully fit.

And Davis can understand why the skipper will go straight back into the team despite the midfield now being the most hotly contested position for places at Rangers just now.

"Barry has been missing for a while now," said Davis.

"He’s a big player for us, he’s the skipper and it will be great to have him back. He will obviously give the manager a bit of a headache when he comes back.

"Barry is a complete midfielder - he can get forward, he tracks back, and he is just a complete player. He has played well for the club and everyone looks up to him so it’s going to be a boost having him back in the fold."

Davis and Pedro Mendes have both impressed in the middle of the park in Ferguson’s absence but the Northern Irishman admits everyone will have to be at the top of their game to remain in the team once the captain returns.

"I experienced playing with him last year and I thoroughly enjoyed it," said Davis.

"He’s a good passer of the ball and I think he will fit into the team well again. There is a lot of competition for places, especially in the midfield.

"We have a lot of quality in the midfield and it’s going to be hard for everyone to stake a claim every week. It means pressure for everyone to perform."

Meanwhile, Davis was thrilled to see Kyle Lafferty on the scoresheet against Hamilton and has backed his fellow countryman to finally make his mark at Rangers following a difficult start to his Ibrox career.

"He’s had injuries and little niggles and hopefully now he can get a run in the side," he said.

"He showed glimpses of what he can bring to the team last night and, with a run of games, he can show the fans exactly what he is all about."

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