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Steven Davis determined to make Rangers switch a long-term stay

Getting shirty: Gers’ Steven Davis
Getting shirty: Gers’ Steven Davis

Northern Ireland captain Steven Davis is determined to stay at Rangers past his six-month loan deal.

The 34-year-old is back for his second spell at Ibrox, joining on a temporary deal from Premier League Southampton.

His signing, along with that of former England striker Jermain Defoe, is being heralded as a potential power-shifting move by the Glasgow giants, who are level on points with table-topping rivals Celtic.

Whether or not he can help end Celtic's seven-in-a-row league title domination, he's determined to stay on, with his Southampton contract set to expire at the end of the season. Could he even retire at Rangers?

"Who knows? Football always throws up a few surprises," he told Sky Sports.

"But hopefully beyond the six months everything will go well and then we can look at things and make it a longer-term thing."

Davis played for Rangers between 2008 and 2012. He even captained the club, in the absence of David Weir, for part of his final season at Ibrox.

"I had a tremendous time in here in the last period," he continued.

"Nobody had to sell the club to me. I know what the club is all about.

"Obviously the opportunity to work with the manager as well was a big draw, but it was an easy decision for me once I found out there was a bit of interest from the club.

"This is the move I wanted to happen and I just want get back to playing football and enjoying football."

Davis is currently linking up with his new team-mates at the club's winter training camp in Tenerife before returning for a potential debut against Cowdenbeath in the Scottish Cup on January 18.

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