Ben Davies is finally enjoying his football following a challenging start to life at Rangers.

The English defender joined the Ibrox side on a four-year deal from Liverpool in June and has become a become a regular in the starting lineup since overcoming fitness issues earlier in the campaign.

He said: “It’s been kind of difficult. I think pre-season the last couple of years have been good for fitness, but the match minutes haven’t matched what I’ve needed in previous years.

“Coming to a club on loan and being expected to play 90 minutes from the start has been difficult, not just this year but last year as well.

“But I’ve always felt once I can get a run of games then the little niggles will fade away and I think I’m at that stage now.

“It’s been a big week, and this is the last bit of it so I think I can get through tomorrow then that will be a win, and I won’t be worried about anything after that.”

It has taken some time for Davies to establish a partnership alongside Connor Goldson in central defence, but he has confidence that they will continue to learn and improve in the months ahead.

He said: “We’ve both got a lot of experience and it helps when you know that the other player has been through the situation before.

“The more we play together the more we can understand where each other is all the time without speaking as much but until we get to that stage then we’re still developing that partnership.

“But it’s been good. I think you can see what a big player he is for us and it makes it a lot easier to play alongside him.”

Rangers are unbeaten since the appointment of Michael Beale in November but have found it difficult to keep clean sheets. Falling behind in games has been a cause for concern, and while Davies admits the problem needs addressing, he is focusing on the positives.

He said: “It makes the game a bit easier if you don’t go behind early on because teams sit in a bit more once they score the goal. But obviously we’re creating lots of chances and we’re putting a fair few away.

“I think we’re a bit more relaxed in the fact that we’re creating chances quite often and we’ve got good players who can, more often than not, take them.”