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The Croatian striker has been the subject of intense speculation over his future and has been linked with a number of Premier League clubs.

Manager Ally McCoist confirmed on Friday that Rangers have yet to receive any enquiries or bids for Jelavic before he returned to top form with a brace at McDiarmid Park. Davis said: “The good thing about Jela is that he can score a mixture of goals and he got two poacher’s goals in this game.

“He showed he’s got a desire to still do well for Rangers so, hopefully, the club can keep hold of him.

“There has been a lot written in the press saying he wants to move on but he always works hard for the team and it was good to see him get his rewards again for the effort he puts in.”

Rangers have had a number of injury worries to deal with and were tested again in the clash with Saints.

Neil Alexander made his first Scottish Premier League appearance of the season after first-choice goalkeeper Allan McGregor missed out with a thigh injury, while Dorin Goian played on after taking a heavy thump on his nose, which needed treatment by the club doctor.

Davis has been impressed by the fringe players who have helped fill the void left by injuries though. The midfielder said: “The good thing is that the manager tried to address it in the summer by getting more quality players in throughout the squad.

“We are reaping the rewards of that now. We’ve had a few injuries and no one who has come in over the last number of weeks has let us down.

“It’s great that they’re getting a bit of time and hopefully it will give them a boost as well.”

The win allowed Rangers to return to the SPL summit briefly, before Celtic reclaimed top spot with victory over Dundee United later in the day.

Davis said: “A couple of times we came up short in the five or six weeks before Christmas and it was important to bounce back after the Celtic game and go on another run of results. We have managed to do that so far but we won’t be getting carried away as there is still a lot of hard work ahead. Celtic are still going well as well.”

Jelavic’s opener was cancelled out by an own-goal from Carlos Bocanegra before the striker pounced again to claim the winner late on.

Saints boss Steve Lomas said: “I’m disappointed but the overall feeling is pride in my players for their performance. Sometimes in football you don’t get what you deserve.”

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