Veteran Rangers star Steven Davis has opened up on the racist abuse of Glen Kamara which marred the club’s Europa League clash with Slavia Prague earlier month and hopes the reaction can help football take “massive strides” in stamping out racism.
The Northern Irishman has given his full support to Kamara over the incident as he praised the Finnish star – who he thinks has a “bright future” ahead of him as a host of clubs circle.
Davis admits the row is “bigger than football”, blasting the racist abuse directed at Kamara and other Rangers players after the disappointment of losing to the Czechs.
“Obviously everyone at the club backs Glen 100%,” Davis said [Daily Record]
“It’s disgusting really in this day and age that things like this still happen in society and on a football pitch.
“We are there to support Glen. He’s a great lad, top boy and a very good player. He’s somebody I get on really well with and I believe he has a bright future ahead of him.
“Hopefully he won’t have to deal with any more incidents like this going forward.
“There was disappointment in us going out of the Europa League but that wasn’t even discussed after the game.
“When something like that happens it is bigger than football. Everyone wants it to be stamped out of the game and society in general and hopefully we can take massive strides in doing that.”
Davis will become the most capped British international of all time tonight if he plays as Northern Ireland face Italy – with the midfielder set to win his 125th cap.
With two more games in the current international break after the Italy game, Davis is almost certain to return to Ibrox out on his own as the most capped British international ever.
Meanwhile, an international boss has expressed his disappointment after a Gers star was forced to withdraw from his squad due to injury.