High praise for influential Davis

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Rangers manager Walter Smith hailed Steven Davis as the best player in Scotland after watching him mastermind a 3-0 win over Falkirk in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.

The midfielder netted the opener - his second goal in four days - before setting up John Fleck and Steven Whittaker for the other two as the Scottish champions restored their 10-point lead at the summit.

He said: "Steven Davis has been playing exceptionally well recently and added a couple of goals for us which is great. If there is a better player going around in the country then we have yet to see him. He is doing exceptionally well for us at the present moment."

He added: "He has played well for us since he came here, he is a very consistent performer and he has been a big part of our team since he came.

"He has shown in central midfield what he can do and he is a central midfield player more than anything else.

"But, because of our situation in having more central midfielders, he has been asked to go to the right-hand side and it's not affected him greatly.

"He still turns in decent performances and, recently, I think he has been a bit of an inspiration for the whole team."

Pedro Mendes' move to Sporting Lisbon was confirmed on Saturday but Smith admitted his search for new personnel before the end of the transfer window had so far failed to yield any positive results.

"We have lost both Pedro and Jerome Rothen and that would free up a little bit of money to get a player in on loan," he said.

"We are currently having a look around to see if we can find someone. We've had no success so far and, if we don't have any, we won't bring someone in just for the sake of it. We'll have to wait and see what transpires."

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