Rangers midfielder Steven Davis has opened up on El Hadji Diouf’s time at Ibrox and insists that the controversial former striker made an impact in Govan.

The striker joined on loan under Walter Smith in 2011 but scored just two goals in 22 games and got into a running battle with Celtic captain Scott Brown.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MARCH 20: El Hadji Diouf of Rangers lifts the Co-operative Insurance Cup after beating Celtic in the final at Hampden Park on March 20, 2011 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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Diouf left Ibrox with a league winner’s medal and Davis admits that the “character” was focused on the task at hand while he was a Rangers.

“He made an impact in the team. Dioufy was a bit of a character as everybody knows,” Davis told Rangers TV, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.

“There was a lot of stories about him here and there but whenever he came here he was focused on what he was trying to do.

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“He scored a couple of important goals for us so he made a good impact for us.”

Diouf returned to Blackburn at the end of his time at Ibrox and courted controversy at almost every turn throughout his career.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MARCH 20: El Hadji Diouf of Rangers celebrates in front of the Rangers fans during the Co-operative Insurance Cup final between Celtic and Rangers at Hampden Park on March 20, 2011 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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The Senegalese star split opinion when he arrived in Scotland but played a part in securing the Gers’ last league title to date.

While Davis is a fan of Diouf, Gers boss Steven Gerrard doesn’t fall into the same category after slaughtering the striker in one of his autobiographies.

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