Former Rangers star Dean Shiels has opened up on Steven Davis’ future after he hangs up his boots – and admits that the Ulsterman has shown little interest in kicking off his coaching badges just yet.

Shiels is following his dad Kenny into coaching and has been doing his badges for the last two years, and he has been trying to get Davis to come along with little success.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 5 : Dean Shiels and Jason Holt of Rangers celebrate as Rangers beat Dumbarton 1-0 to clinch the Scottish Championship title during the match between Glasgow Rangers FC and Dumbarton FC at Ibrox Stadium on April 5, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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The former Ibrox star admits Davis has “loads of time in him” but is confident that coaching will be an “option” for him down the line.

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“I have been doing my badges for the last two years and I keep telling him that he needs to come and do them with me and he is humming and hawing,” Shiels told the fourladshadadream podcast.

“I’m not sure if he wants to, to be honest. I don’t think he is too keen but when he is finished playing he might look into it a bit more.

 

“I’m not sure he wants to. I was on to him to do them with me the last couple of years but he hasn’t bothered.

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“He has still got loads of time in him yet. He has the attributes, obviously, and he knows the game and he is a good leader so I am sure he will have that option when he finishes.”

Davis will likely have a key role to play tonight for the Gers when they host Braga in the Europa League.

Feyenoord's Peruvian midfielder Renato Tapia (L) vies with Glasgow Rangers' Northern Ireland midfielder Steven Davis (R) during the UEFA Europa League Group G football match between Rangers and Feyenoord at Ibrox Stadium in Glasgow, Scotland on September 19, 2019. (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN / AFP)

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With Ryan Jack suspended, the Northern Irish legend will be vital in midfield if Steven Gerrard’s side are to give themselves a shot at making the last 16.

Davis’ current Ibrox contract runs until the end of next season, and the veteran has already got three League titles, three League Cups and two Scottish Cups to his name but will be wanting to add more before he finally hangs up his boots.

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