Steven Davis’ return to Ibrox in January feels like one of the most inevitable transfer signings in a while.

Rangers have been highly-linked with the Northern Ireland international on several occasions recently. Davis, of course, spent a highly successful four-and-a-half years at Ibrox under Walter Smith and Ally McCoist.

Ultimately, he departed the club when they had to reform in the Third Division back in 2012. Since then, however, he’s had a highly-successful spell with Southampton.

Steven Davis knows all about the Old Firm rivalry (Julian Finney/Getty Images)

He’s been part of a couple of European campaigns whilst making a total of 233 appearances at the Saints. This season, however, he’s been dropped way down the pecking order, and a move away could beckon.

Rangers are in the market for two midfielders this January. One is apparently a creative player, with no criteria given for the other. Davis eould fit either/or, but works best as a box-to-box engine-room operator. This falls nicely for Davis and Rangers to reunite once more in January.

Supporters will be excited

The Northern Irishman got Gers supporters excited when quizzed on a return at the start of the season. A supporter videoed the influential midfielder, who said that he hoped to return to Ibrox one day. There’s a clear appetite for a return from within Davis, and he still has the quality to make an impact.

In terms of transfer targets, this one just makes sense. Gerrard has shown an appetite to go for former Gers stars who already have winning mentalities. Allan McGregor plays a starring role each week for Rangers, whilst Kyle Lafferty was signed by Gerrard. Davis fits that bill superbly given his success in Glasgow.

Allan McGregor has returned to make a big impact this season (David Aliaga/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

The midfielder was part of the famous three-in-a-row winning side under Walter Smith. He’s as experienced as anyone when it comes to big battles with Celtic, and Rangers need that kind of influence.

Transfer rumours are already swirling around even this early. Davis is only going to be another of those we hear a lot about over the next two months.

He clearly has his heart set on a move back to Ibrox one day. In this scenario, there’s no time like the present to get it done.