When Steven Davis joined Rangers on-loan in January, it looked a cert to just be a precursor for a permanent switch.
The 109-cap Northern Ireland maestro’s contract at Southampton expires at the end of the season.

Davis is the main man for his country. (photo by Graham Service/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Therefore, the Gers would be able to pick him up as a free agent.
However, in the early stages, it really wasn’t going to plan.
Just as with the Saints, the 34-year-old couldn’t force his way into the side.
Even when he did manage to get a go, he failed to impress. The midfielder looked off the pace and was unable to impose himself on games.

The veteran spent his first few outings on the peripheries. (photo by David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Now showing his class

Recently, though, all that has changed. Collectively, the Gers may not have been great against Kilmarnock in mid-March, but Davis was the best player on the pitch.
After following that up with a goal and 180 minutes on the pitch for Northern Ireland, he’s just got better and better.
Gerrard only introduced him in the final throes of the Old Firm defeat, but against Hearts and most recently, Motherwell, he was superb.

A goal and plenty of minutes seem to have done wonders for his fitness and confidence. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

Now, surely the club are more likely to push through a permanent deal in the summer.
He offers so much skill, football intelligence and experience of success to Gerrard’s team. It’s also now clear he isn’t past it, he just struggled to get up to speed after a major shortage of playing time earlier in the season.
At his best, he’s unrivalled in the SPL and Rangers would be crazy to pass up the opportunity to sign him.
He’s won it all before at the club and could play a major role in bringing the glory days back to Ibrox.

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