Rangers star set for remarkable international achievement but workload may concern Gers fans
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Rangers star set for remarkable international achievement but workload may concern Gers fans

Steven Davis is set for a remarkable international achievement in the coming days, but Rangers fans may be a little concerned about his workload.

Davis has played a big part in success returning to Ibrox this season with his ultra-consistent performances in the centre of midfield.

Davis has been a key player for Steven Gerrard this season. (Photo by Craig Williamson/SNS Group via Getty Images)

He has now won nine major honours in six years as a Ger across two spells, but he’s been an incredible servant to Northern Ireland for even longer.

The 36-year-old has represented his country every year since his debut in 2005 and, barring any late injuries, when he leads his team out for a World Cup Qualifier in Italy on Thursday night, he will go level with the most-capped British footballer of all time, Peter Shilton, on 125 senior international appearances.

It’s the first of three matches in a hectic block for Northern Ireland, so he will go beyond Shilton if he features against either the USA on Sunday evening or Bulgaria next Wednesday night.

Of those two fixtures, only the latter is a World Cup Qualifier, but manager Ian Baraclough may look to use Davis in the friendly against the US so that his skipper’s milestone is out of the way before a must-win competitive fixture.

The potential for Davis to feature in three international matches in less than a week may concern Rangers supporters.

The veteran has only picked up the odd niggle since his return to Ibrox in 2019, but that is a tough ask for any player, let alone one of his age who has already made 41 club appearances this season.

The Rangers midfielder is close to a major international achievement. (Photo by Maja Hitij/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Concerns from Bears will only be heightened by the relative lack of depth in midfield right now.

Ryan Jack has missed a chunk of games recently with a muscle problem and it’s not yet known if he will be able to feature for Scotland in their upcoming matches [Daily Record], while Amiens loanee Bongani Zungu may have already played his last game for the club as he is likely to receive a substantial SFA ban this week for breaching Covid regulations.

55 has already been secured, but with an unbeaten Premiership record to maintain and a Scottish Cup to compete for, supporters will be hoping Davis can both break the record and come through the matches unscathed.

Meanwhile, a promising youngster recently spotted in first-team training has signed a contract extension.

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