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Davis is rocked by Naismith injury

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Nothern Ireland midfielder Steven Davis accepts it will be a major blow for Rangers if the knee injury Steven Naismith sustained in the win at Aberdeen keeps him sidelined for a long spell.

Naismith required treatment after making a rash challenge on Dons midfielder Rob Milsom, only to collapse to the ground moments after returning to the field when his right knee buckled and was stretchered off.

The Scotland international suffered a similar injury to his right knee in 2008 and Davis is hoping the damage is not as bad as first feared.

Davis said: “It's a massive blow for the whole team as well as him personally. Last year he was player of the year and he has been fantastic so far this season. It puts a real dampener on the result.

“Everyone around him will support him. He did his other knee before and came back fitter and stronger than ever.

“Over the last 18 months he has possibly been our best player so that tells you how much of a blow it is going to be to us. Hopefully he can bounce back.”

Davis criticised the Aberdeen supporters who cheered when 25-year-old Naismith was carried off during a feisty encounter at Pittodrie, which Rangers won 2-1.

Davis said: “No fan should want to see any player get injured, whether it's for your own team or the opposition. I was a bit saddened by that. Hopefully the prognosis won't be as bad as we are expecting.”

The Light Blues recovered from the setback of seeing Naismith go off to pick up their seventh win from seven on the road this season with a clinical finish from Kyle Lafferty and a Nikica Jelavic penalty.

Richard Foster pulled one back for the Dons, with the aid of an Allan McGregor error.

The outcome gave Rangers their 14th consecutive league win on the road — only one short of the club record set in 1928-29 under the management of Bill Struth.

Davis added: “It's a tough place to come so we were delighted to come away with all three points.

“Aberdeen gave us a good game and to be honest there wasn't much in it for long periods. We have a real determination not to concede goals and if you don't concede you always have a chance to win as we always create one or two chances.”

Aberdeen midfielder Chris Clark felt the turning point of the match came in the first half when the Dons were denied a penalty as Darren Mackie collided with Dorin Goian in the penalty area.

Clark also felt striker Rory Fallon was harshly penalised when he was shown a straight red for elbowing the Romanian.

Clark said: “Darren was just about to strike the ball into the net when there was a coming together so that was frustrating. The first goal was always going to be crucial as you always come under pressure against Rangers.

“I don't think it was right that Rory was shown a straight red. His eyes were fixed on the ball and he is not that type of player.”

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