Charlie Adam admits surprise over Rangers pair Defoe and Davis

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard looks on during the Scottish Cup 5th Round match between Kilmarnock and Rangers at Rugby Park on February 9, 2019 in Kilmarnock, Scotland.

Two of Glasgow Rangers's January signings are having to bide their time at Ibrox.

Jermain Defoe of Rangers is seen in action during the Scottish Cup 5th Round match between Kilmarnock and Rangers at Rugby Park on February 9, 2019 in Kilmarnock, Scotland.

Charlie Adam has told the Daily Record that he would imagine that everyone has been surprised by how little Jermain Defoe and Steven Davis have played for Rangers since their January moves to Ibrox.

Rangers seemed to enjoy an inspired window last month, with two excellent Premier League players arriving in Defoe and Davis. With Steven Gerrard having plenty of success with a fairly young and inexperienced squad, the pair appeared to be the kind of additions that would certainly boost the Gers's hopes of putting a title bid together in the Scottish Premiership.

 

However, neither man has managed to establish themselves in the side since their moves. They have both started two of Rangers's four league games since the winter break, while Davis also had to settle for being a late substitute against Kilmarnock in the Scottish Cup last week.

And while Adam insisted that Rangers will still be delighted that they signed the pair come the end of the season, he conceded that he did not expect to see either man struggling to force their way into the side.

20th January 2019, Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow, Scotland; Mid season football friendly, Rangers versus Helsinki; Steven Davis of Rangers on the ball during the warmup

"Yes, I probably did expect both of them to play more than they have," he told the Daily Record.

“I think everybody will be surprised they haven’t. But that does not mean Steven will regret signing them. It just means they have to be patient and wait for their chance."

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard looks on during the Scottish Cup 5th Round match between Kilmarnock and Rangers at Rugby Park on February 9, 2019 in Kilmarnock, Scotland.

It is clearly too soon to suggest that Defoe and Davis will not have a major impact on Rangers's season. But what their slightly underwhelming start does show is that Gerrard's squad are generally producing fantastic performances.

Defoe has already scored three league goals, and yet, he cannot shift Alfredo Morelos when the Colombian is available. And with the likes of Ross McCrorie and Ryan Jack performing superbly in the middle of the park, it is also understandable that Davis is having to bide his time at the moment.

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