Ben Davies admits he found his first few months at Rangers ‘frustrating’ whilst managing an injury. But the centre-back claims he is now ready to show Ibrox what he can offer the Gers.
The 27-year-old endured a stuttered start to his time in Glasgow after moving to Scotland in July. He only featured in one Premiership fixture before October before further minor issues put paid to Davies’ bid to find momentum. Yet he has been a mainstay since the World Cup.
Davies has played every minute of Rangers’ 11 Premiership matches since December 23. He was only a substitute in Michael Beale’s first two top-flight games at the helm. But Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s £3m, up to £4m after add-ons, signing from Liverpool has been key since.
Ben Davies admits his injury-hit start at Rangers was ‘frustrating’
Establishing himself as a key part of Beale’s plans has seen Davies reach 31 appearances for Rangers across all competitions. The defender has also now started 19 of his 21 Premiership games and has one assist. He created John Lundstram’s effort against Aberdeen in October.
No Rangers player has, in fact, featured in more fixtures for Beale than Davies having put his injury issues in the rear-view mirror. Just James Tavernier and Ryan Kent have also played in all 17 of the 42-year-old’s games since replacing Van Bronckhorst at Ibrox during November.
Ben Davies now vows to show Ibrox what he can offer the Gers
Injury problems were not a new occurrence for Davies as the Rangers star also endured his fair share of issues last term. The centre-half only started in 21 and played in 22 of Sheffield United’s potential 46 regular-season Championship matches whilst on loan from Liverpool.
He made the bench for a further nine English second-tier fixtures whilst at Bramall Lane, as well. But Davies believes he has now overcome his injury issues and is in a position to show Rangers everything he can give at Ibrox following an annoying first few months in Glasgow.
“Once I got minutes and game time, I knew I could settle into the team,” he said, via quotes by the Glasgow Times. “It was frustrating, the first few months, after missing pre-season.
“It is good to be in playing and I feel comfortable. I’m at the stage now I feel I can show a bit more of what I can do.”