Rangers boss Michael Beale confirms that Steven Davis is still at the club’s training centre with a decision yet to be taken on a new contract post-injury.
The Northern Ireland international midfielder, 38, suffered a devastating ACL injury last season which has threatened to prematurely end the evergreen Ulsterman’s career.
Whilst several high profile players were let go at the end of their contracts in the summer – including veteran stars Allan McGregor and Scott Arfield – Steven Davis was retained by the club.
However as things stand the midfielder’s previous deal is up and speaking this week, Michael Beale claims the club are waiting on Steven Davis’ progress before striking a fresh contract.
Confirming the midfielder is still a major presence as the club’s training centre, Rangers boss Michael Beale also claims that Steven Davis has had some frustrating set-backs in his injury recovery.
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Rangers boss Michael Beale gives Steven Davis injury update
Speaking candidly about the player’s situation, Michael Beale confirmed Rangers won’t be taking any decision on Steven Davis until Christmas at the earliest.
“Steven Davis is here trying to overcome the long-term injury,” Beale said. “He’s been out on the pitch and naturally at his age and with the injury he’s got there have been complications.
“We’ll be nearing towards Christmas before we can see Steven and at that point we’ll make a decision. It’s very open at the minute.
“He’s fantastic to have around. I actually felt we could have really done with him on the pitch on Tuesday night because it was the type of game that someone with his experience would put their foot on the ball make passes.
“There’s nothing been decided on that one. Steven is still doing his rehab and once we get to the end of that he’ll tell us what he’s thinking.
“His biggest thing is how he leads by example outside and in the gym, off the pitch and around the changing room and his he leads by example training.
“Just having him there to bounce things off time and again or for his teammates to get a little bit of a reference from is really important. He’s an absolute class act.”
The comments come after Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill confirmed Rangers star Steven Davis is still not at the fitness level required after the injury.
The training ground ACL injury was a real blow for Ibrox Hall of Famer Steven Davis who, despite his advancing years, remains a key player for Rangers and Northern Ireland.
After such an immense career, the British caps record holder deserves to go out better than that and let’s hope we see him back in a Rangers shirt before the end of the season.