Steven Davis speaks out on taking Rangers job ahead of debut game vs Aris Limassol

Rangers are back in Europa League action on October 5 when they travel to Cyprus to clash with Aris Limassol.

After securing a 1-0 win over Spanish outfit Real Betis in their first Group C match, The Gers are expected to make light work of Aris Limassol. They are 10/11 favourites with bet365.

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Steven Davis speaks out

Michael Beale was sacked as Rangers manager after Saturday’s home defeat to Aberdeen left them seven points behind Celtic after seven games of the Scottish Premiership season.

Former Rangers midfielder Steven Davis has taken interim charge of the club and Thursday’s meeting with Aris Limassol will be his first game in the dugout.

Ahead of the game, Davis gave his first interview as Rangers boss and spoke of the honour he feels in his new role: “I am obviously very honoured, the call came out of the blue a little bit, I wasn’t expecting it, but I would just like to repay the trust the club have shown in me by putting me in this position.

“It has been really crazy, I got the phone call last night that they wanted me to come in and lead the team so I was delighted to get the opportunity and I am looking forward to the challenge ahead.

“I believe in the group we have got, things haven’t gone as we would’ve liked, we find ourselves in a situation but I’m sure with ourselves and the fans pushing each other in the same direction then we can go on and get some good results.

“Obviously, management was something that I have considered further down the line. I wasn’t expecting it so it didn’t really cross my mind, but I thought it was an opportunity I couldn’t turn down, it is going to be a great experience for me, and I am looking forward to the challenge.”

Should Davis see off Aris Limassol and get Rangers into the knockout stages of the Europa League in the coming months, he may be in with a chance of securing the job on a permanent basis.

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