Legendary marksman hails Rangers hero who he helped down £100m+ superstars
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Rangers linchpin lauded by iconic striker after landmark feat

Steven Davis made history last night as he won his 126th cap for Northern Ireland and became the most capped male international for any of the Home Nations and former team-mate David Healy has waxed lyrical about the veteran Rangers star and his role in one of Northern Ireland’s most famous goals.

Healy scored the only goal of the game against Sven Goran Eriksson’s England in a World Cup qualifier at Windsor Park in September 2005, with the Three Lions boasting superstars like David Beckham, Wayne Rooney, Frank Lampard and Davis’ current Rangers boss Steven Gerrard.

Healy couldn’t praise his former international colleague enough as he overtook Peter Shilton’s record of 125 caps, and insisted there wouldn’t be any arguments if Davis was to be named Player of the Year for his stunning form for Rangers this season.

Healy celebrates another famous strike with Davis – this time against Spain (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)


Healy, now manager of Linfield, thinks the midfielder makes things “look so simple” and suggested he is a little  to Rangers TV that Davis had over-hit his pass forward: “I think he actually over-hit the pass and it was probably my great awareness and great touch that actually made an average pass into a quality pass – that’s my telling of it anyway!

“But his weight of passing and his quality of passing – he sees a lot of things on the pitch that others don’t see. Sometimes he makes it look so simple and anybody watching from afar and maybe watching on TV might not see all the time the quality he puts on a pass.

“But if you ask anybody who has played with Steve Davis at international level and at club level, they will be more than complimentary of Steve Davis’ talents.

“If you ask any of the managers he has played under, he is zero hassle and he trains well and is very professional.

“He goes and plays with a smile on his face and I know what it means to him, certainly now going back to Rangers and being successful this year.

“There is no greater man for it at the minute. He is probably in the running to be Scottish Player of the Year, and I think if Steve Davis was given that honour of being named ‘Player of the Year’ I don’t think anyone would have any arguments.”

Davis’ 126th appearance came as Northern Ireland’s World Cup qualifying hope took a big blow with a 0-0 draw against Bulgaria last night.

With Italy eight points ahead at the top of the group and second-placed Switzerland already holding a five-point cushion, it looks unlikely the Green and White Army will be heading to Qatar next year.

Davis during his record-breaking appearance last night(Photo By David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

While it seems that Davis won’t get to end his career with an appearance at a World Cup finals, the legendary midfielder will have plenty to look back on when he does finally hang up his boots.

Meanwhile, one Rangers star was surprisingly dropped as his national team suffered defeat in their latest World Cup qualifier


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