Steven Davis says he wouldn’t make the same difficult sacrifices he does now for any club other than Rangers.
Davis spent four highly successful seasons at Ibrox earlier in his career, but after leaving in 2012, he settled in England.
The Northern Ireland international spent seven years on the south coast with Southampton, basing his young family in the area.
However, when the opportunity came for him to rejoin the Gers in January 2019, he still grabbed it.
That, he says, was nothing to do with a lack of desire to be around his family, but everything to do with the club that came calling.
“It was a big draw for me to come back to the club for obvious reasons, being a Rangers supporter,” explained Davis [Glasgow Times]. “I wanted to be part of bringing success back to the club after the hurt that everyone has been through.”
“I think it was a big sacrifice for myself and my family because I have spent a lot of time away from them. I wouldn’t have chosen to do that for any other club. But I just had such a determination to come back and have an impact and try and bring success back to the club.
“For me personally, it was a huge moment when we won the league and it was one I had dreamed about for a long time.”
Last season’s Premiership win meant a lot to Davis but he didn’t use the success as a convenient time to bow out and head back south.
Instead, he penned a new one-year deal, ensuring that just as is set to be the case for his manager Steven Gerrard, family time will be very limited during the 2021/22 season.
It’s the sort of commitment to the cause that Rangers fans love to see, though, and Davis’ continued presence at Ibrox greatly improves the club’s chances of winning more silverware.
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