The race for Steven Davis has seen Rangers receive a huge boost, with Southampton willing to let him go.
The Scottish Sun have stated that new manager Ralph Hasenhuttle isn’t interested in keeping the Northern Irish international. Instead, he’s been given the green light to find himself a new club in January.
Better than that, Southampton are apparently letting him leave for nothing in January as a thanks for his service to Saints. Davis has spent a lengthy six years down on the coast, making over 200 appearances for the English Premier League side.
This season, however, has seen him frozen out of the picture entirely. He’s made only six appearances for the club, and has lost his place to the likes of Stuart Armstrong.
Steven Gerrard’s Rangers have been highly-tipped to sign Davis this January. The Ibrox side are lacking a strong creative spark in midfield outside of Scott Arfield. This has been emphasised by the last two matches, in which Rangers have failed to score.
Davis provides that fresh spark
Fresh blood is needed in the attacking midfield role to help open up opposition sides. When Dundee and Aberdeen both went down to 10 men against Gers, they simply dropped deep knowing Rangers wouldn’t have the quality to open them up.
This is one of the biggest reasons as to why Davis is so high on the club’s wishlist next month. We stated on Sunday how the Dundee performance proved that Davis had to now be one of the club’s top priorities. Rangers have now effectively been invited to go and pluck him should they wish.
Fans have fond memories of three-in-a-row title-winner Davis. Under Walter Smith, he spent a trophy-laden four-and-a-half years at Ibrox before leaving to join Saints. Now, a move in the opposite direction is calling out to him.
This isn’t a deal that will take much, if anything, out of Rangers’ transfer budget. It’s the most logical bit of business they could do in the whole of January, and simply must get it done.