Rangers handed £4m defensive boost as casualties begin to mount
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Rangers handed £4m defensive boost as casualties begin to mount

Rangers centre-back Ben Davies got 45 minutes under his belt in the win over Hearts and now is the time for the defender to build on this first-team exposure.

Ibrox supporters have been left frustrated by the situation involving the 27-year-old defender who has featured sparingly since joining the club from Liverpool on a £4m deal this summer.

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Whilst the defender’s situation has been impacted by off-field family-related issues, Davies has been limited to four appearances so far for Rangers with the start against Hearts only his second appearance in the Scottish Premiership, the first coming against St Johnstone.

Interestingly, Rangers won both matches 4-0.

Ben Davies return a boost for injury-plagued Rangers

The situation has also been intensified by injuries to fellow summer signing John Souttar and long-term absentee Filip Helander, who now won’t be seen until after the World Cup.

As a result of this defensive trio being out injured Rangers relied on USA midfielder James Sands at the back with the American’s defensive frailties culminating in that red card against Napoli.

It felt like an inevitability as the weeks went on and now Rangers teenager Leon King stands ready to be called upon in his absence at Liverpool.

Something tells us Ben Davies will get the nod at Anfield – in a stadium and against a team he is very familiar with – but beyond this Rangers need the player to now start bedding into the side.

Naturally a left-sided defender, Rangers have a Premier League quality option to dovetail with Connor Goldson at the back and it could be the beginning of a beautiful partnership.

We’re just seeing the beginning of Ben Davies breaking into the side and his appearance against Hearts was one of a number of positives.

Let’s hope he can build on that in the weeks ahead as Rangers look to build up a head of steam domestically and rescue their European campaign.

Rangers started well following the international break and sent a strong statement to Celtic with victory at Tynecastle.