STEVEN DAVIS reckons he’s in a ‘better place’ now than he was back when he rejoined the club in the January transfer window.

The 34 year-old initially saw his starting appearances in a Light Blue jersey being rather limited, before starting six games in a row prior to missing the final match of the season at Kilmarnock through injury.

He did, however, recover to play 180 minutes for Northern Ireland in their two crucial Euro 2020 qualifying wins away to Estonia and Belarus to put them in a fine position in their group with four games left to play.

Speaking exclusively to RangersTV at the club’s pre-season training camp in the Algave, the midfield maestro explains: “I certainly feel I am in a better place now than what I was when I joined the club in January.

“Pre-season never gets any easier as you get older, but we know how important it is and it give you that platform and the base for the rest of the year.

“It is going to be tough – the boys obviously spoke about it last year in terms of the work they have put in and how tough it was.

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“So it is going to be interesting to see how I cope with that, but I know how important it is.”

Davis was a key performer for Gers in the latter part of last season, pulling the strings in midfield as they finished the campaign exceptionally well.

On that period, he continued: “It was thoroughly enjoyable and I think all the boys enjoyed the style of play we were playing.

“We were dominating games, and for me personally, it was an enjoyable period although I was obviously disappointed to pick up an injury in the Celtic game which meant I missed the last game of the season.

“Overall, I think there was good progress made and a lot of positive signs, now it is about trying to build on them this season.”

Having been at the club during a spell of outstanding success, when the team he played in claimed three back-to-back league titles, Davis knows exactly the sort of standards required at Rangers.

On the season ahead, he added: “I certainly think there has been a good level of progress and there have been some good additions made in the summer, so I think the squad is getting stronger and that is going to stand us in good stead and towards the end of the season we put in some really, really good performances and got good results.

“We know it is going to be another difficult year but I think there is a lot of confidence in the group that we can go and make it a successful one.”

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