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Steven Davis will make Rangers return in Scottish Cup as club urge Jones to respect Kilmarnock

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

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has confirmed that Northern Ireland captain Steven Davis and Jermain Defoe will play at Cowdenbeath on Friday evening.

The duo signed for the club on loan earlier this month and got to grips with their new team-mates at their mid-season training camp in Tenerife.

Gerrard has now confirmed that both will play some part in the weekend's opening Scottish Cup fixture (kick-off 7.45pm).

If you've got Premier Sports, the TV channel that broadcasts PRO14 rugby matches, you'll be able to watch the game as part of their new TV deal with the Scottish Cup.

Northern Ireland and Kilmarnock winger Jordan Jones as well as Dundee midfielder Glen Kamara have been tied down on pre-contracts and while Gers have been in talks about bringing Kamara's move forward from the summer, Jones has confirmed he will not be switching until his Killie deal expires.

Gerrard is content with the situation and expects both players to continue giving their all for their current employers.

He said: "Glen is still a Dundee player and Jordan is still a Kilmarnock player, so I won't be speaking about those two.  All I'll say is that we as a club have asked them both to be professional and respect the clubs they're at."

Gerrard also confirmed that defender Joe Worrall will see out his loan deal at Ibrox until the end of the season.

Speculation had suggested that new Nottingham Forest boss Martin O'Neill would look to recall the England U21 international but Gerrard has reassured fans that Worrall will stay as he looks to add to his 11 Scottish Premiership appearances.

The Light Blues manager said: "We've spoken to Nottingham Forest and I think in the deal they had up until January 7 to call Joe back and we never heard anything from it.

"So Joe will remain here for the rest of the season.

"He's a player who's done really, really well for us. I thought he was excellent during the Old Firm so he'll be here for the remainder of the campaign."

Gerrard did confirm that midfielder Jordan Rossiter could leave this month in search of more game-time but added that Ross McCrorie would be staying at Ibrox despite rumours to the contrary.

"We have had to be careful with Ross, when to play him and he has been superb in the training ground with his confidence coming back, it is a shame he is suspended for Cowdenbeath as he had earned the shirt," he said. "He has a great future here and is a potential future captain."

Gerrard is prepared to allow Jordan Rossiter - who has been linked with a loan switch to Dundee United - to head out for more action but insists fellow midfielder Ross McCrorie will be staying put amid interest from Dundee and Swansea.

The Ibrox boss added: "We haven't heard from anyone in terms of Jordan but there is a chance he can go out to get some games.

"We'll have to wait and see what options he gets in the next couple of weeks.

"We rate the player and obviously love the kid. I've got two options - I could be selfish and keep him here as a squad player but the other one is to understand he wants to play.

"I can't promise him that as Ryan Jack's been immense, Ross McCrorie has been immense, Lassana Coulibaly has been fantastic at times. It's maybe in both our interests that Jordan goes out and gets some games.

"But Ross McCrorie is going nowhere.

"When we came in, we inherited a player that was hurt mentally. He'd had a tough time in certain games last season and his confidence was affected.

"We've had to be careful with how we've played Ross but what I will say is he's worked extremely hard on the training pitch and he's getting better.

"His confidence and belief are coming back and his last four or five performances have been immense, not just the Old Firm game.

"It's a shame he's suspended for Cowdenbeath but he's got an incredible future here - a potential future captain - and he won't be going anywhere else than Rangers."

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