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Rangers' Steven Davis a doubt for League Cup final as Gerrard refuses to shed light on midfielder's fitness

Rangers midfielder Steven Davis.
Rangers midfielder Steven Davis.

Steven Davis is a doubt for Rangers' Betfred Cup final against Celtic on Sunday.

The Northern Ireland captain's availability was the subject of online rumours and manager Steven Gerrard refused to be drawn on the issue at his pre-match press conference on Friday.

Rather, Gerrard admitted only that, despite some niggles, there is still hope that he will have a full squad to choose from.

Davis has played an influential role in Rangers' season so far, having started 11 of the club's 15 Scottish Premiership fixtures as well as 10 Europa League games.

"I don't read what's online," the manager said, refusing to confirm or deny the speculation that Davis is set to sit out.

"You get a lot of online opinions and keyboard warriors going on about Rangers. We've still got one session left. I'll give you that we've got one or two carrying knocks but that's normal coming off a tough game on Wednesday night.

"We will have everyone out there tomorrow morning trying to get through the last session. If that's the case I should have a fully fit group to pick from.

"I'll know more tomorrow. If the last session was today I'd definitely be saying we have one or two doubts but we've still got 48 hours before the game, there's more treatment to be given so I'd say I'm more hopeful sitting here right now. But that could go either way."

Gerrard also told Borna Barisic to prove he his fit enough to claim a place in Sunday's starting side.

The Croatia left-back is another doubt after sitting out Wednesday's draw at Aberdeen with bone bruising to his foot. Gerrard is eager to start the 27-year-old but only if he is ready to battle through 90 minutes and potentially extra time.

The Ibrox boss said: "Borna did a light session today. He did three-quarters of that. We're very hopeful.

"We've still got to do one more session tomorrow so Borna and a few more who were carrying knocks from Aberdeen will be given as late as possible to give themselves the best chance to make themselves available.

"It's important that they say to us, 'Yes I'm 100 per cent and ready' because it's going to be a tough challenge on Sunday against a good team. There is a possibility it could go further than the 90 minutes so the players need to prove to me in the session that they are ready and show me too.

"Borna needs to be ready to do himself justice and to find his best level. He has to think about the supporters and the team and not make a decision on ego."

Gerrard is aiming to lead Rangers to their first major silverware since the club was demoted to the Scottish Third Division in 2012.

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