HE DIDN’T have it in his first spell at Rangers, nor at Southampton, but Steven Davis has “thoroughly enjoyed” having a winter break this season.

The midfield dynamo took time last week to relax after a hectic but fruitful first half of the season before putting in the hard yards with his Gers teammates in Dubai this week to prepare for phase two of the campaign.

Rested up and ready, Davis told RangersTV: “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it! We’ve had a very intense period since we came back for pre-season with a lot of games, so it has been nice just to get away with the family and spend some time with them and just recharge the batteries really.

“Then this week has been really important for us in terms of going over the positive things that we did in the first part of the season, and reinforcing those principles and also obviously areas where we can work on it and try to improve on.

“There are so many games to look forward to, and hopefully as the season progresses, the games will get bigger which will mean we are on the right track.

“I’m really looking forward to the second part of the season and I think we have real, good quality in this team so it is about going out and showing we have the mentality to deal with the pressures that come our way as well.”

That second part of the season will kick-off with the Scottish Cup clash with Stranraer in a week’s time at Ibrox.

Davis knows the importance of the tournament to Gers this season, and knows it’s a great opportunity to right the wrong of the League Cup final.

He added: “I think every competition we go into, we want to try and do as well as we can, and it is another chance to try and get some silverware for the club.

“Of course, there was huge disappointment after the cup final but with the level of performance, nine times out of 10, if you get that you’ll probably get a result.

“So there were a lot of positives to take from the day even though we didn’t get what we wanted from it.

“But the Scottish Cup is another opportunity to do that, and it is good to have a home tie to begin with.”

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