Rangers fans have been showering veteran midfielder Steven Davis with praise as the Northern Irish legend comes up trumps for the Ibrox club in their 2-1 defeat to Swedish side FF Malmo.

The Gers are vying for a place in this season’s Champions League group stages with the side currently missing north of five key first-team players.

After a calamitous start to the second half, Rangers found themselves two goals down in two minutes with some woeful defending adding insult to injury after an opener following the break.

But Mr Reliable Steven Davis was on hand as Rangers huffed and puffed in the second half of proceedings to produce a moment of magic in the 95th minute which keeps the tie open.

Unfortunately for Rangers in this instance, no away goal means that by scoring at Ibrox next week all they do is level the scoreline.

Whilst it was always still alive at 2-0 – with a return to Ibrox next week an opportunity to turn things around – getting that goal was simply massive for a Gers team still finding their fitness.

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Malmo in contrast are some distance into their season having kicked off in April and that sharpness certainly showed throughout a difficult 90 minutes in Sweden.

But despite this Rangers did have flashes in the match, even if every touch, pass, and decision had that indecisiveness which is chiselled away game by game.

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Rangers have it all to do against Malmo next week but Steven Davis has salvaged some hope for the side and the fans (Photo by ANDREAS HILLERGREN/TT News Agency/AFP via Getty Images)

This was a tough learning experience for this Rangers side; it stands as Steven Gerrard’s only European qualification defeat in the club’s first foray into the Champions League under the Gaffer.

If there was anyone – within the ranks of the Ibrox squad or the Ibrox support – underestimating Malmo before kick off they certainly won’t be now.

But it was experienced campaigner Davis who threw Rangers a life-raft in the dying embers of the tie with everything to play for in Glasgow.

The fans – as they have so many times before – saluted the Ulster Xavi as he came up big for the club once again:

 

It’s not over yet and Rangers will now have one eye on the return leg at Ibrox next Tuesday evening.

But supporters still remain in the dark over how many Gers fans will be able to return to Ibrox after an announcement earlier today by Nicola Sturgeon.

The First Minister announced most of the current Covid-19 restrictions would be removed next week but for events over 5000, special dispensation will need to be awarded.

Meanwhile, prior to kick off some Malmo Ultras tried to get under the skin of the Gers by letting off fireworks outside the team’s hotel in the early hours of this morning.

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