STEVEN DAVIS was thrilled to find the net against Porto on his 250th competitive appearance for Rangers.
On a sensational UEFA Europa League night for the Light Blues, the Northern Ireland star made it 2-0 in the 73rd minute with a deflected shot after Alfredo Morelos had opened the scoring in style with the sweetest of strikes.
Before tonight Davis’ last goal at Ibrox was scored on 3 March 2012 in a 2-1 defeat to Hearts, so it is no wonder he enjoyed finding the net this evening on the European stage.
He said: “I haven’t scored for quite a while and it’s my first since I came back to the club so obviously I’m delighted to get the goal and it’s such an important win for us as well.
“I just tried to get it out of my feet and then try to get a strike. It’s taken a tiny deflection but I was delighted to hit the back of the net and it obviously set us on our way. From that point we felt quite comfortable in the game.
It’s a huge result for us. We know how important the home games are going to be and we spoke about that.
“First half we didn’t really feel we did ourselves justice so it was important we came out in the second half and tried to up the level. I thought we were good for the win in the end.
“We were up against a good quality team and we know that they can hurt us, but I thought our structure in the second half was very good, we were a bit braver on the ball as well and I thought once we made one or two passes we started to open them up a little bit.”
Davis was quick to praise Colombian striker Morelos, who took his goal tally for the season to 21 in all competitions and 11 in the UEFA Europa League after this evening’s Group G match.
“Obviously it’s a great goal from Alfredo to set us on our way,” he said. “He’s been excellent for us and you know if you get him the chances nine times out of ten he’s been putting them away.
“He’s playing with a lot of confidence and it was a great cutback from Jacko as well.”