Rangers fans have lauded Steven Davis for yet another fantastic performance in the 5-0 win over Hearts on Sunday afternoon.
The 34-year-old initially struggled after returning for a second spell with the club from Southampton in January, but ever since he’s got back to full match fitness, he’s been immense.
He doesn’t score many and will only now and then register something in the assists column, but he’s a linchpin in the middle of the park.
For a midfielder of his age, it would be reasonable to assume it would be tough for him to turn out in a league game just three days after a 90-minute shift away at Feyenoord.
Yet, fatigue rarely seems to be a factor for Davis, who has already made 28 appearances for club and country this season [Soccerbase].
The most consistently outstanding aspect of the Northern Ireland skipper’s performances is his decision-making, which was extremely impressive again on Sunday.
Ultra confident on the ball and apparently possessing eyes in the back of his head, he’s regularly a step ahead of the opposition, giving him the air of strolling through games.
After years of plying his trade in the Premier League, he has developed a diverse range of passing, meaning he’s as capable of a quick give and go as he is of pinging a 60 yard diagonal.
The attacking players might have grabbed the headlines in the demolition of Hearts, but it was Davis who set the tempo and was an architect of the victory.
He’s the only outfield player in the Gers squad who has been there and done it before in terms of delivering silverware, and his experience will be crucial as this season-defining period continues.
Following Sunday’s game, Bears heaped praise on the midfielder on social media.
Here’s a selection of reactions:
Another masterclass from Steven Davis today. Just another day at the office for our Maestro😍😍😍 pic.twitter.com/F42O0gedfh
— JW_72 (@JwWatp) December 1, 2019
As I say every match I go to. Steven Davis is an absolute joy to watch.
— Rapinoe Fanboy (@juffery) December 1, 2019
Talk to me about Steven Davis 🚬 💙
— lee morrison (@leem87) December 1, 2019
Steven Davis aka the Rolls Royce
— Chaz (@WATPcs4) December 1, 2019
A midfield masterclass from Steven Davis today. The boy is absolutely class 💙
— David Anderson (@spexonthebeach) December 1, 2019
Steven Davis. That's it, that's the tweet
— james mcglinchey (@jimmycake11) December 1, 2019
I’ll say it again, this Steven Davis is better than the Steven Davis from before.
Never misplacing a pass, always making the correct decisions.
— 𝓢𝓬𝓸𝓽𝓽❕ (@RakoTuke) December 1, 2019
Steven Davis MBE …. twice the player Scott Brown is !
— Mark Crane (@markcrane_punk) December 1, 2019
Steven Davis best player on the pitch today
— Stephen (@stephadam86) December 1, 2019
Steven Davis does hings on a regular basis and I enjoy it vvvvv much.
— Fraser (@Karma_Polis) December 1, 2019
Barasic was brilliant once again, delivery is truly world class. Tav really good as well his best game in a long time. But steven davis is just different class, range of passing is ridiculous completely controls and dictates games best player in Scotland by a horse racing mile
— Craig Longwill (@CraigLongwill) December 1, 2019