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Steven Davis is missing Premier League

Rangers midfielder Steven Davis admits he misses playing in the Premier League.

The Northern Ireland international joined Walter Smith's side from Fulham in 2008 in a £3million move after a successful loan spell at the club he supported as a schoolboy.

Davis (pictured right), is one of Rangers' most saleable assets and his revelation will do little to calm the nerves of Light Blues fans who have already seen six players leave the cash-strapped club this summer.

The former Aston Villa midfielder, preparing for Saturday's friendly against Newcastle United at Ibrox, insists the solution to his frustrations would be for the Old Firm to move to England — but accepts that is an unlikely scenario.

“I'd be lying if I said I didn't miss playing Premier League-standard teams every week and it would be hard not to miss it,” said the 25-year-old midfielder, who has been recently linked with Everton.

“Without being disrespectful to the SPL, I think everybody connected with Rangers would like nothing more than to be taking on sides of that calibre all the time.

“That's why we find our pre-season games against the big English sides so enjoyable. It's a real opportunity for us to show what we're capable of.

“Sadly, I think that's all we'll be able to settle for because as much as I'd love to see us move to the Premier League, I don't think it will ever happen.

“There are pros and cons attached to the argument about whether us and Celtic should be allowed to join it or not.”

Meanwhile former Rangers striker Peter Lovenkrands hopes to make a scoring return to Ibrox at the weekend with Newcastle.

Lovenkrands joined Rangers in June 2000 from Akademisk Boldklub and went on to play 182 times for the Light Blues, scoring 54 goals including a dramatic last-minute winner against Old Firm rivals Celtic in the 2002 Scottish Cup final at Hampden.

He said: “It's going to be strange for me going through the front doors at Ibrox and walking left and not right.

“I just can't wait to run down the tunnel again.”

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