Steven Davis endured a frustrating start to the 2020/21 campaign but his outstanding individual performance in the 4-0 win over Dundee United on Saturday shows he has a lot to offer Rangers in this season’s title race.
The 35-year-old midfielder enjoyed a hugely successful first stint at Ibrox earlier in his career, winning eight major trophies in four years.
Since he returned, initially on loan in January 2019, there has been no silverware and his form more patchy.
The Ulsterman has been hampered by niggling injuries and he’s looked off the pace at times over the past two seasons.
Yet, when he’s managed to put a run of games together, his class has generally come to the fore and he shone on Saturday afternoon at Ibrox.
Full of confidence after equalling the caps record for his country in midweek, Davis was named in the Rangers starting XI and put on a masterclass in midfield play.
He has been criticised at times for being too slow in possession and too safe with his passing but he buzzed around the middle of the park, regularly winning the ball back and then distributing it quickly to initiate attacks.
Steven Gerrard praised his display after the game, labelling him a ‘special footballer’ and a ‘top-class individual’ for producing such an impressive performance following an international double-header [Rangers FC Twitter].
When in top gear, he oozes class and his experience of winning trophies could prove invaluable down the line.
Ryan Jack’s injury could put more responsibility on the Northern Ireland skipper’s shoulders but he proved with his Man of the Match display against the Terrors that he’s far from past it and is still capable of being a key figure in Rangers’ title charge.