Rangers star delivers emphatic statement on future as he eyes long-term career move
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Ibrox veteran makes dugout admission as glittering career nears end

Rangers veteran Steven Davis has admitted that he’d love to manage the Gers and Northern Ireland in the future – but insists his “full focus is on playing” after extending his Ibrox contract until the end of next season.

Davis is on the brink of becoming the most-capped British international with 126 appearances for Northern Ireland and as his playing career nears the end, the midfielder has cast his eye to the future and what he will do when he finally hangs his boots up.

Davis and Devante Cole in action during a Scottish Premiership match between Motherwell and Rangers at Fir Park (Photo by Craig Williamson/SNS Group via Getty Images)

The 36-year-old insists management is a “long way away” though as he prepares for tonight’s World Cup qualifier against Bulgaria with Northern Ireland looking to reach the finals for the first time in 40 years, saying: “It would be nice to get the both of them! [Sky Sports]


“But that’s a long way away, the first thing will be to get the coaching badges and to make sure I enjoy doing that side of things and feel like I can give something to the game from that aspect as well, but now the full focus is on playing.

“I think I’d take something from all the managers I’ve worked under.

“I’ve been very fortunate to have worked under a lot of very good managers with their own individual ideas and I’m sure I could use that moving forward.”

With the midfielder playing for at least one more year, it will be interesting to see whether he starts taking his badges before he hangs up his boots or if he decides to wait until he’s stopped playing.

Davis holds off the challenge of Stevie May during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and St Johnstone(Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Given his history at the club and the way he has conducted himself throughout his career – both for club and country – it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him follow the likes of Kevin Thomson, Peter Lovenkrands and Stevie Smith into roles within the Academy.

Meanwhile, Rangers are reportedly scouting a 27-goal striker with a view to a potential summer swoop.

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