Rangers assistant manager Gary McAllister has dished out some special praise for Steven Davis, as quoted by the Glasgow Evening Times.

The £1.8m-rated Northern Ireland international skipper [Transfermarkt] arrived for a second stint at Ibrox on loan from Southampton back in January.

Back then, suffering from a lack of match fitness, he struggled. Plenty of Rangers fans decreed that he was finished during a particularly poor showing against St Johnstone.

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Initially, Davis struggled to earn his place in the team. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

However, he has come through that rough patch and after signing a one-year contract, is doing the business in midfield.

He’s one player who has particularly impressed Gerrard’s right-hand man, who of course, was also a midfielder during his playing days.

Rangers assistant manager McAllister impressed by Davis

“He is a very brave player,” said McAllister, as quoted by the Glasgow Evening Times. “He receives the ball under pressure. He is streetwise.”

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“I don’t know if I have seen him play better. You guys might have seen more of him when he played up here the first time. I didn’t see a great deal of him then…He is just on top of his game at the moment.

 

“He is probably not as vocal as I thought he might be given his experience but he leads differently. He does that by his play and his bravery getting on the ball. He doesn’t shy away from it. That sends messages right through the team.”

Now, though, the veteran looks fit, hungry and in control. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Verdict

When Steven Gerrard initially managed to bring the ex-Saints captain back to Ibrox, it looked a hugely important piece of business.

Things didn’t get off to the best of starts, but we’re seeing the real Steven Davis now. His experience shines through in his performances, where he rarely wastes a pass and often dictates the tempo of the match.

He forms a third of Rangers’ current strongest midfield trio alongside Ryan Jack and Joe Aribo and his experience of winning things and of European competition, is set to prove vital as the season unfolds.

Davis makes it comfortably into our Predicted XI for Thursday’s trip to Poland to face Legia Warsaw, where the Gers are in search of away goals to bring back to Ibrox.

 

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