Davis out to make amends
Steven Davis insists Rangers are looking to make amends when they lock horns with Unirea Urziceni.
By Elliot Ball
Last Updated: 03/11/09 5:17pm
Steven Davis insists Rangers are looking to make amends for their shock defeat in the UEFA Champions League when they lock horns with Unirea Urziceni on Wednesday.
The Scottish champions were expected to come out victors when Dan Petrescu's Unirea travelled to Ibrox a fortnight ago for their Group G clash.
But Walter Smith's side were on the receiving end of an embarrassing 4-1 defeat which has left their hopes of progressing to the knockout stages hanging in the balance.
The Gers have done little to get the fans back on side since the shock reverse, with a draw against Hibernian in the SPL also leaving a lot to be desired.
But they can take heart after leading at half-time against Dundee United over the weekend, before unplayable weather conditions saw the match abandoned during the interval
And Davis believes the weekend performance, albeit just 45 minutes, can give them confidence for midweek's game as the Glasgow giants travel to Bucharest knowing that three points in Romania is vital in resurrecting their Champions League quest
"I think we are getting back to the way we are capable of playing," said Gers midfielder, who netted at Tannadice on Sunday.
"I think we are working harder off the ball as well, pressing teams and making it more difficult for them.
"We have shown that in the last couple of games but we have to keep that improvement going because there is still a lot of room to improve as a team."
Rangers suffered plenty of criticism in the wake of their thrashing by Unirea and Davis admits the importance of Wednesday's game cannot be emphasised enough.
"It's a massive game for us," he said. "If we are to have any chance of qualifying, we need to go out there and get the win.
"But we know from playing them that they are a well-organised team and a good side.
"Hopefully a bit of luck will go our way and we can go there and get a result."
Davis will no doubt be looking for a change of luck personally, after missing from the penalty spot against Petrescu's men before wrongly believing he had opened his account for the campaign against United.
He said: "It was my first goal of the season - although it's not anymore now.
"It's just very disappointing and frustrating. Having missed a penalty as well, it would have been nice to get the goal. But I have to get my head around that and look ahead to the next game."