Davis looks for Rangers additions

25 November 2009 04:02
Steven Davis hopes Rangers can bolster rather than trim their squad in January despite European elimination increasing the financial pressure at Ibrox.Asked if he feared players leaving in the next transfer window, the Northern Ireland midfielder said: "I hope not. [LNB]"That will probably be out of the manager's hands but hopefully we can keep this group together. [LNB]"I'm sure the manager would like to bring in a couple of players to freshen things up as well." [LNB]With the club recently announcing a debt of £31m and looking for new owners, the extra income generated from an extended run in Europe would have been welcome. [LNB]But three home defeats in Champions League Group G has left Rangers at the bottom of the section and without the consolation of a Europa League spot.[LNB] Obviously we have not been good enough and that has been the story of our Champions League campaign Steven Davis Rangers have not paid a fee for a player since the summer of 2008, with their only new addition this term the loan signing of French winger Jerome Rothen. [LNB]Several squad players were cut loose before the start of this season and there could yet be more departures in a bid to raise funds. [LNB]However, chairman Alastair Johnston said earlier this month that Rangers would not be forced to sell players in January. [LNB]Following Tuesday's 2-0 defeat to Stuttgart, Davis said the team need to get back on the Champions League horse as quickly as possible by retaining their Scottish Premier League title. [LNB]"Obviously we want to retain the SPL championship and that is our focus now," he said. [LNB]"First and foremost, the league is our bread and butter and we have to get back to winning ways on Saturday at Aberdeen. [LNB]"It's great to be playing in European competitions and testing yourself against the quality players that you come up against. [LNB]"Having missed out last year, we got ourselves back in to European competition this year, so it is disappointing not to do well. [LNB]"But we have to focus on the domestic front, now that we are out of Europe."[LNB] MY SPORT: DEBATE Do you expect comings and goings at Ibrox in January? Davis, though, is well aware future Champions League draws may not be so kind. [LNB]Sevilla were considered the weakest of the top seeds, Stuttgart have been struggling domestically and little was known about Romanian side Unirea Urziceni. [LNB]"Realistically we could have got a tougher draw, with so-called bigger teams," added the former Aston Villa and Fulham midfielder. [LNB]"We looked at it optimistically and thought that we had a great chance of doing well. [LNB]"But obviously we have not been good enough and that has been the story of our Champions League campaign. [LNB]"It is your home form that sees you through in these competitions. [LNB]"After losing at home to Unirea, we had a meeting and since then we have actually been doing a little better domestically and we got a decent 1-1 result in Romania with a good performance. [LNB]"But at home (against Stuttgart) it was the same story as in the two previous home games."

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