Former coach: Rangers switch was 'the dream move' for January signing
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Former coach: Rangers switch was 'the dream move' for January signing

Eric Black has told the Scotsman just how keen Steven Davis was to re-sign for Rangers in January.
The 55-year-old former Aberdeen player and Motherwell manager, coached Davis at Southampton.
Black spent a short while with the Saints as assistant coach to Claude Puel.

Black stands alongside Puel on the touchline at Bournemouth. (Photo by Catherine Ivill – AMA/Getty Images)

“He was outstanding at Southampton for about two or three years,” the 55-year-old told
the Scotsman. “Latterly, the shape of the team changed a bit under Mauricio Pellegrino and Steven’s role changed with it. He dropped down to the bench a bit more.”
Under Mark Hughes and then Ralph Hasenhuttl, that role then became near non-existent.
It’s within that context that he secured a loan move back to Rangers at the turn of the year.

Despite being club captain, Davis was frozen out at Southampton. (Photo by Matt Watson/Southampton FC via Getty Images)

“He had a massive influence at Southampton”, Black continued. “That can start to deteriorate when you are not playing every week but Steven didn’t let it affect him in that way. He remained the consummate professional.”
“It was then the dream move for him to come back to sample life at Ibrox again. He will be fine. He is a top footballer and a top individual.”

Verdict

It’s always good to hear from outside sources that the players at the club really want to be there.
That certainly seems to be the case with Steven Davis.

We have finally started to see the real Steven Davis recently. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

While it hasn’t been quite the fairytale return many were hoping for, his
performance levels have markedly improved in recent weeks. 
If he pens a permanent deal over the summer, he will be a key man next season.