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Monday 08 Mar 2021
NI Player Watch | Steven Davis helps Rangers to league title success

Northern Ireland skipper Steven Davis celebrated winning the league title with Rangers at the weekend after the Glasgow outfit clinched the Scottish Premiership.

The influential 36-year-old was in the side that defeated St Mirren 3-0 at home on Saturday. Rivals Celtic’s failure to beat Dundee United at Tannadice the following day saw Rangers confirmed as champions. 

At the other end of the Scottish Premiership table, Kilmarnock striker Kyle Lafferty bagged a double for his new club but Tommy Wright’s men fell to a 3-2 away defeat at fellow strugglers Ross County.  

Lafferty opened his account on 18 minutes and then successfully converted a second-half penalty. By that stage Ross County had already done enough to secure all three points thanks to a brace from former Northern Ireland striker Billy McKay.

“Everyone played their part today,” declared County boss John Hughes, “ But I’m delighted for Billy.”

He added: “Like all strikers, he wants to be playing and today he has come up trumps.”

Also getting themselves on the scoresheet over the weekend was Accrington Stanley striker Dion Charles, who scored his 16th of the season in a 2-1 win over Swindon Town. The victory leaves them just two points off a League One play-off spot.

Elsewhere in the division Gavin Whyte scored both goals in Hull City’s 2-0 win against Bristol Rovers at the KCOM stadium to see them remain top of the table on goal difference. 

“Gavin’s missed three or four weeks with an injury,” said Tigers' boss Grant McCann. “Any player will tell you that it can take time to get back up to where you want to be. 

“He was part of the Cardiff team that got into the top six in the Championship last season and he’s a top player – an international player.” 

In the Championship, defender Ciaron Brown made his debut for Cardiff City as a first-half substitute for the injured Joel Bagan in the goalless draw at Huddersfield Town last Friday evening. 

After the game the 23-year-old, who was recalled from his loan spell with Livingston in January, earned praise from Bluebirds' boss Mick McCarthy. 

“Ciaron has come on as a substitute, and he’s done a really good job,” said McCarthy, “I was delighted for him, he was very good for a debutant and hopefully he can continue that.”

Frontman Kyle Vassell scored in Fleetwood Town’s 2-0 win at Shrewsbury Town while experienced senior women's star Sarah McFadden found the net for the third time this season as Durham Women maintained their push for promotion with a two-goal success at Blackburn Rovers. 

In the Premier League Jonny Evans was again absent from the Leicester City team because of injury while Jamal Lewis and Bailey Peacock-Farrell were both unused substitutes for Newcastle United and Burnley respectively. 

 Finally, Rangers duo Chris McKee and Kyle McClelland have been loaned until the end of the season. 

Eighteen-year-old striker McKee has joined Brechin City while under-19 international Kyle McClelland has linked up with Championship outfit Falkirk.