Steven Davis aims for Rangers recovery in Sweden

Rangers midfielder Steven Davis
Davis refused to blame a lack of match sharpness for the defeat to Malmo

Steven Davis is backing Rangers to bounce back from their Champions League qualifying defeat by Malmo.

"Obviously it was not the result we were looking for and everybody's disappointed," he told BBC Scotland after the 1-0 first leg loss at Ibrox.

"But we'll go over there and try to progress. If we get a goal then everything looks a bit brighter.

"The good thing is that we created a few chances, so we need to take them in the second leg."

Malmo took an 18th-minute lead thanks to Daniel Larsson and the Swedes could have added to their tally but for the fine form of Rangers goalkeeper Allan McGregor.

"We've given ourselves an uphill struggle," added midfielder Davis. "If you go a goal behind, it gives them something to hold on to.

"In the second half they sat back and we had a lot of possession and created a few chances but it wasn't to be."

Malmo are more than halfway through their domestic season, while the Scottish Premier League kicked off last weekend, but Davis refused to blame the poor showing on a lack of match sharpness.

"I think that's the easy option to take and we're not going to use that as an excuse," explained the Northern Ireland international.

"But we will get stronger as the games go on."

Juan Martin Ortiz and Lee Wallace featured against Malmo, while fellow new signing Dorin Goian was paraded on the pitch at half-time and could make his debut against St Johnstone on Saturday.

Manager Ally McCoist aims to bring in more new faces, with Den Haag winger Wesley Verhoek and Dundee United striker David Goodwillie on his list of targets.

And Davis believes the Rangers squad would benefit from further recruits.

"That's been the case for a while now," he said. "The manager has been working hard to try and do that and hopefully he can.

"But we've got a good core of players who have seen us get a bit of success over the last couple of years, so we should be doing better in these games."

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