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Steven Davis is too important for Rangers to risk in Luxembourg ahead of league kick-off, says Gerrard

Taking caution: Steven Davis has a tight hamstring
Taking caution: Steven Davis has a tight hamstring

By Andy Newport

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has admitted that Progres Niederkorn are not a side that are worth risking Steven Davis' tight hamstring on.

The Northern Ireland captain was the only absentee as Gers jetted into Luxembourg for their Europa League second qualifying round return clash.

The Ibrox side hold a 2-0 lead from the first leg and Gerrard believes that should be enough to see his side through - even without their veteran playmaker in the line-up.

Gerrard said: "It's a game we are looking forward to. I believe we should have got the job done a week ago but we left ourselves work to do, so we are here to do it.

"The players are in good shape and have trained really well. We have come over here with a fully-fit squad besides Steven Davis and everyone is focused and tuned-in to finish the job off tonight.

"(Steven) had a tight hamstring after the Derby game. I think, at a real, big push he could have been with us, but at this stage of the season and since he's such an important player, it's not worth taking a risk.

"I think he'll have a good chance (of facing Kilmarnock on Sunday)."

Gerrard also admitted Rangers have no choice but to move on after Jurgen Klopp priced Ryan Kent out of an Ibrox return.

But the Light Blues manager insists Alfredo Morelos remains part of his squad despite being linked with a move to China.

Gerrard was desperate to lure winger Kent back to Glasgow after his impressive loan stint last season.

But Liverpool boss Klopp has left the former Anfield skipper disappointed by insisting £10m-rated Kent will only leave on a permanent deal this summer - with the finances involved likely to be beyond Gers' reach.

"I haven't asked that question (to the board) but I think the answer would probably be yes," said Gerrard as he admitted the figures required to sign Kent would be too rich for his side.

"Jurgen has come out and given the answer that will come out of my mouth anyway. It has been addressed and we move on."

Reports yesterday claimed Morelos had decided against Hebei Fortune despite the Chinese Super League outfit being prepared to meet Gers' £15m valuation.

It was claimed a £30m, three-year package had been offered but the Colombian turned it down.

But Gerrard responded to the story by saying: "I'm unaware of it. There have been no bids."

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