Rangers star Steven Davis has hailed yesterday’s win over Motherwell after the Light Blues played for an hour with only ten men as a result of Leon Balogun’s red card, and admits the Light Blues always felt “comfortable” despite Motherwell’s one-man advantage.
Davis put in an excellent shift in the middle of the park for the Light Blues as the Northern Irishman was handed a rare start under Giovanni van Bronckhorst.
Balogun’s dismissal led to a reshuffle with Amad Diallo hooked for Calvin Bassey and the Northern Irishman praised the tweaks made by the manager at the break.
“I think we dealt with going down to 10 men really well,” Davis said [Rangers TV]. “We kept our shape well and always carried a threat going forward with the pace we had in the wide areas.
“It was important we reset at half-time. The manager tweaked a couple of things and we started the second half well and that gave us a good foothold in the game.
“From then on, we felt relatively comfortable in the game and it was important to keep our shape, limit them and we always carry that threat.”
Davis must be in contention for RB Leipzig clash
The veteran’s performance yesterday must now push him into contention for a start on Thursday night against RB Leipzig in the Europa League.
Davis brings a calmness and composure that will be vital against the Germans and is sometimes lacking in the Rangers midfield.
With so much at stake on Thursday, van Bronckhorst may be tempted to play it safe with a view to bringing it back to Ibrox still very much alive.
Davis knows it is going to be a “really tough tie” for Rangers but is excited ahead of facing RB Leipzig – and hopes the Gers can make it to the final, adding: “It is going to be a really tough tie over the two legs but we are in the semi-finals and really looking forward to it.
“Hopefully, we can go that one step further.”