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Rangers must unleash Steven Davis in play-off clash

Glasgow Rangers have the chance to secure their place in the group stages of the Champions League as they face the prospect of the second leg of their play-off tie.

The Light Blues head into the match with the score sitting at 2-2 on aggregate after the draw at Ibrox against PSV last week.

Gio van Bronckhorst’s men will now be looking to perform a dream away performance to land them a place in the group stages of Europe’s premier competition, instead of filtering down into the Europa League.

The Gers come into this game off the back of a 2-2 draw with Hibernian away from home in the Premiership on Sunday. Alfredo Morelos and John Lundstram were both sent off in the match, after James Tavernier and Tom Lawrence scored to put them 2-1 up, and the hosts snatched a late leveller from distance.

Van Bronckhorst may look to freshen his team up from that disappointing result and one player he must bring back into the starting XI is experienced midfielder Steven Davis.

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The former Aston Villa and Southampton maestro was crucial in the first leg as he caught the eye in the middle of the park and must be brought back into the fold after sitting on the bench against Hibernian.

Former Gers boss Steven Gerrard heaped praise on the £13k-per-week Northern Ireland international last year, saying: “Steven embodies professionalism and continues to set the standards required to be a Rangers player.”

He also dubbed the veteran “instrumental” and that is exactly what he was against PSV last week as he put in a superb showing. As per SofaScore, he completed 100% (1/1) of his attempted dribbles, completed 86% of his attempted passes and created two chances.

Only James Tavernier (four) provided more key passes and he was the only midfielder with a completed dribble, which highlights the progressive play he offered in midfield.

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Gio van Bronckhorst coaching on the touchline for Rangers

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Along with those contributions, Davis also played a sensational ball between the lines to send Tavernier away down the right, which allowed the full-back to tee up Antonio Colak for his goal.

The Athletic’s Jordan Campbell claimed, earlier this month, that he can “control games better than anyone” and this suggests that he could run the match in midfield tonight.

He could calm the play down with his assured passing – completing 90% of his attempts in the Premiership this season – and then speed it up when needed, as his statistics from the first leg show that he was able to do.

Therefore, van Bronckhorst must reinstate him into the starting XI to give Rangers a chance to dominate the game and assert their authority against the Dutch side.

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