Barcelona manager, Ronald Koeman, has praised Steven Davis, with the Rangers midfielder primed to break the all-time Northern Ireland caps record on Thursday night [Sky Sports].
Davis is currently tied with legendary goalkeeper Pat Jennings on 119 caps and will go in front on his own when he leads the side out for their Euro 2020 playoff against Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The upcoming appearance will also see him move level with Wayne Rooney as the most-capped home nations outfield player of all time.
To mark the special achievement, Sky Sports put together a video in which esteemed former coaches and teammates had a chance to congratulate him.
One of those to take part was Barcelona manager, Ronald Koeman, who managed Davis at Southampton between 2014 and 2016.
“Big, big hug from me,” said Koeman, as captured by Sky Sports. “Because reaching that amount of games is unbelievable. Congratulations again.”
Rangers legend Ally McCoist was also amongst those to pay tribute, referring to Davis as the ‘absolute perfect professional to work with.”
Adam Lallana, Virgil van Dijk, Steven Gerrard, Pat Jennings, Mauricio Pochettino and Michael O’Neill were the other big names to congratulate the 35-year-old.
It could be an emotional night for the Rangers star in Sarajevo but he’ll no doubt be focused on leading by example on the pitch.
A win for Northern Ireland over Bosnia and Herzegovina, who currently sit 12 places below them in the FIFA World Rankings, would set up a clash against either Slovakia or the Republic of Ireland, with a place in the European Championships at stake.