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Steven Davis excluded from Saints squad - exit looks imminent

Rangers were handed another boost in their reported chase for Steven Davis last night, as the midfielder was left out of Southampton’s squad for their fixture against West Ham.

It’s the second game in a row that Davis hasn’t even made the bench. This surely indicates he is surplus to requirements at St Mary’s.

With just one league start, Davis has done little other than train at Southampton this season. (Photo by Matt Watson/Southampton FC via Getty Images)

Last week, new Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl insisted he hadn’t made any decisions, but that he was open to players both coming and going in next month’s window.

It had initially looked as though club captain Davis, would get more opportunities after the sacking of Mark Hughes.

He was reinstated to the team and played the full 90 minutes against Tottenham, under caretaker boss Kelvin Davis.

That single start came at Wembley at the beginning of this month. (Photo by Action Foto Sport/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

However, he is yet to actually take the field under former Leipzig boss, Hasenhuttl. In four matches, his biggest involvement has been a place on the bench against Arsenal.

All of this can only be good news for Rangers.

Gareth McAuley has previously spoken about his international teammate’s desire to return to Ibrox, where he won eight major trophies in four seasons.

McAuley and Davis both played for Northern Ireland at Euro 2016. (Photo credit should read PAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images)

It’s not often a 105 cap international becomes available. What’s more, with only half a year left on his contract, he would also come relatively cheap.

With just days to go until the window opens, Rangers need to get organised. They won’t be the only ones out for Davis’ signature, so they have to move fast.

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