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Steve Davis :: We’ve set the benchmark to reach at Rangers


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Rangers midfielder Steven Davis today warned his Light Blues team-mates they cannot afford to rest on their laurels despite Sunday’s derby heroics.

The Gers fought back from losing a goal in first-half stoppage time to secure a convincing win at Parkhead and move three points clear of Neil Lennon’s side at the top of the Scottish Premier League.

They also continued their stunning start to the season that has now seen them rack up nine league wins in a row.

However, with Celtic in action against St Johnstone in Saturday’s early kick-off, the leaders could find themselves in second place by the time they face an in-form Inverness Caley Thistle at Ibrox.

After unconvincing victories in the early part of the season, Rangers are now beginning to hit top form after turning in impressive showings against Valencia in the Champions League last week and emerging victorious from a keenly fought Old Firm clash.

Davis knows it is important that they do not take their foot off the gas in the coming weeks.

The Gers face Kilmarnock in the quarter-finals of the Co-operative Insurance Cup tomorrow night before they return to league business and the Northern Irishman reckons the will to win can drive them to glory this season.

“I think we have set the tone for the rest of the campaign. We have made a great start to the season and let’s hope we can continue,” Davis said.

“We need to kick on from here and continue to play the way we have been and get the results we need.

“It was so pleasing to go on and win the game, especially after going a goal behind. So often in these games the team that scores first usually gets a good result.

“So to win the game in the manner we did was great, especially as we were away from home.

“At the start of the season we were grinding out results, but then we started to play a lot better and we have scored a few goals too so it’s very pleasing.

“There is a real never-say-die attitude among the players and our work ethic is very good and that worked for us again.

“I think it was pretty even in the first half and we were quite happy the way we had played so to lose a goal so close to half-time was a blow.

“I don’t think we let it affect us. We got back into it quickly with two goals and looked good after that.”

He went on: “When we get ourselves in front we are good at holding on to what we have. We have shown that over the past couple of seasons and that’s very pleasing too.

“We are not getting carried away. We have to kick on from here and make sure we continue to play and get results the way we have been.”

Kenny Miller was once again the Rangers hero as he scored a terrific double to secure all three points at Parkhead after Glenn Loovens’ own goal drew them level and Davis hopes the striker can continue his sparkling form that has seen him net 13 league goals already this season.

“Kenny has been phenomenal in the fixture,” Davis told Rangers TV. “He is a massive player for us just now and we hope he can continue this sort of form through the course of the season.”

Thought it was a great read when i bought the paper today (tu)


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