Rangers might’ve forked out to sign Ben Davies, but they could still owe Liverpool a debt of gratitude for preventing the defender moving to Celtic in the first place.

The 27-year-old centre-back was a stand-out performer for Rangers in the 2-2 draw with Celtic at Ibrox and with every passing game looks every inch the £4m defender the club signed in the summer.

What a shame that Rangers have had to wait until January – and have already slipped nine points behind – before we’re beginning to see a return on the ex-Preston North End star.

A composed presence at the back, Davies has a keen eye for a progressive pass and the ability to execute it and alongside Connor Goldson is beginning to show the start of an impressive partnership.

Injury has outright decimated Rangers’ season to date with a lack of competition hurting the club and – whether people want to call it an excuse or not – it has been a driving factor in the current points gap.

But as the club continue to work towards their full complement, Ben Davies might have been turning out for Celtic had things been different two years ago.

Rangers’ Ben Davies was once major Celtic target

Celtic were leading the hunt to sign the player as his contract ticked down at Parkhead in the January of 2021 before an injury-ravaged Liverpool stepped in to nab him at the final moment.

Whilst injury and a lack of opportunity interrupted Davies’ stint on Merseyside, it’s telling that Jurgen Klopp’s Goliaths identified the player in threw first instance and a testament to his ability.

After failing to make a single appearance at Anfield, Ben Davies made the switch north to Ibrox in the summer and Rangers’ gain may well yet to prove a damning Celtic loss.

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There are flickers of something really positive with the defender and whilst the Premiership already seems out of sight this season, a settled Davies could prove a difference maker in the competitions to come.

Meanwhile, here’s our report from Rangers’ 2-2 draw with Celtic.

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