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Davis concern for Rangers and Northern Ireland

Aberdeen 2 Rangers 3: Northern Ireland's Steven Davis is a major doubt for Rangers’ Champions League clash with Bursaspor on Wednesday night after suffering a hamstring injury against Aberdeen yesterday.

The 25 year-old from Cullybackey was forced off with 15 minutes left of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash as Rangers came from two goals down to win 3-2.

Manager Walter Smith admitted the initial diagnosis was not good for Davis (inset, below) ahead of the Turkish side's visit to Ibrox — while he must also be rated doubtful for Northern Ireland’s forthcoming Euro 2012 qualifier with Italy at Windsor Park.

“He's got a slight hamstring injury and we'll just have to wait,” admitted Smith

“With that type of injury you would say he must be very doubtful for Wednesday's game.

“It would be a blow if we were to lose Steven as I feel he is just coming into our season now and today was the best he has played this season.”

Despite the worry over his star midfielder, Smith was pleased his side showed tremendous character to roar back in fine style but insisted he took no extra satisfaction from finally winning at Pittodrie for the first time since he returned to Ibrox three years ago.

Kenny Miller's double and Nikica Jelavic's winner left the Dons frustrated after they’d been two up after half an hour.

It was their first victory at Pittodrie since 2006 when Paul Le Guen was in charge but Smith was not overly concerned about getting the proverbial monkey off his back.

He said: “You just want to win matches. Aberdeen seem to take great pleasure in saying that the only team they want to beat is Rangers.

“I'm not like that, I prefer my team to try to beat everybody we play.

“When you come to Pittodrie an innocuous foul for either team is treated like a crime against humanity. It is a very difficult situation for the referee to handle.

“What most pleased me was the character that the team showed to come back from going two goals behind.”

Aberdeen boss Mark McGhee was left cursing defensive lapses from his team.

McGhee was particularly annoyed with Jerel Ifil's reckless challenge on Vladimir Weiss, four minutes after his side had gone two ahead, which gifted the visitors a penalty which was duly converted by Miller.

He said: “I'm hugely disappointed with the end result. We conspired against ourselves for each of Rangers' goals.

“It is always a danger if you go to ground in the box against a player who is as quick as he is so that it will result in a penalty.”

However, McGhee was sympathetic towards striker Chris Maguire, who saw red in the for a second booking late on.

He added: “He worked really hard and he was tired when he made the challenge. He tried to chase back and win a tackle but it was a free-kick.”

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