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GERRARD’S CHALLENGE TO VETERAN

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STEVEN GERRARD is hoping to have veteran midfielder Steven Davis available for his squad ahead of managerless Kilmarnock’s visit tomorrow.

The Northern Ireland international has missed Rangers’ last four games after sustaining an injury in the 2-2 draw with Aberdeen at Pittodrie earlier this month.

However, the Ibrox boss has warned Davis he CANNOT expect to walk straight back into the first team.

Gerrard, speaking to the Scottish Sun, said: “He’s training with the team again for the first time.

“Assuming he comes through the next couple of days, he will be available for selection. We look forward to welcoming him back. He’s been terrific for us this season.

“The injury was a blow for him and us because we all know the form that he was in prior to it.

“If he can get that form back as quickly as possible, it will be very welcome.”

While Davis has been arguably the team’s most outstanding performer in this campaign, Gerrard has made it clear there is no guarantee of him slotting straight back into the starting line-up.

He said: “The midfield area has been very strong and consistent whoever we have put in there.

“With Scott Arfield dropping back a line, his last three or four performances have probably been his strongest of the season, but we can’t do it with just three players, that’s not enough over the course of 60 games.

“Touch wood, but during the course of 60 games they are all going to get an injury or suspension at some point.

“So, I have to prepare for that, but it has been really encouraging to know that even if someone is missing for two to three games, like Steven has, then we are capable of coping. It doesn’t have an effect on the team or performance.”

Davis sat out the Betfred League Cup Final that was lost 1-0 to Celtic, but he could be ready for the third Old Firm derby of the term when Gers visit Parkhead on Sunday.

Gerrard’s team went down 2-0 to Neil Lennon’s men at Ibrox at the start of September and will be looking to claw back the points when they lock horns again in the east end of Glasgow.

Gers are five points adrift of the Hoops, but have a game in hand.

* MERRY Christmas, folks! The Scotzine team wishes all our readers a fabulous festive occasion and a prosperous 2020 to follow. Have a good one! 

 

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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