McInnes hoping to keep Davidson

Saints boss is sure interest will continue for club's prized asset

Davidson: Rangers are keen on landing talented midfielder

St Johnstone manager Derek McInnes is hopeful of holding on to the club's prized asset Murray Davidson, despite firm interest from SPL champions Rangers.

An offer for the Scotland Under-21 international by the Gers was instantly rejected by Saints chairman Geoff Brown.

The 23-year-old started for the Perth club at Aberdeen in the season opener on Saturday and McInnes admitted the timing of the Ibrox club's offer was not ideal, but is happy for Davidson to remain a Saints player for now.

Attributes

He said: "He possesses the attributes needed to forge a top career for himself. I'm his biggest fan so you won't get any arguments from me on that one.

"Selfishly, as a manager, I want to have him in my team. He is an important player for me and he has been for the last two years.

"When we took him from Livingston, I always felt he was a player who would improve and that's been the case.

"He has got better and better. He's a fantastic boy to work to work and he's going to have a good career."

The McDiarmid Park club boss added: "If Rangers have the same opinion of him as I have, they will come back with a bigger offer.

"As it stands just now, the offer has been made and rejected and we move on.

"Until there is another offer - if there is another offer - I'm just concentrating on working with Murray this season and he is the exact same.

"Who knows what will happen. A lot of clubs have shown interest in him and I'm sure that will continue."