SAINTS boss Nigel Adkins has dismissed Rangers chief executive Charles Green's suggestions that the newco club's players were not free to sign for new teams.

Adkins has signed former Gers skipper Steve Davis and is "certain" of the validity of the contract, declaring that he might even play him in tomorrow's Markus Liebherr Memorial Cup.

"I've seen reports about that but we're 100 per cent certain that Steven Davis is a Southampton player," he said.

"Everything is organised, everything is done and he will play at the weekend.

"He has got a little injury he is recovering from that he got last season at Rangers, but he is running around, kicking a football on the training round.

"We won't risk him at the weekend, we'll make sure he is right, but he is 100% a Southampton player and if he is fit, he could play tomorrow."