Tuesday’s news that Southampton have decided to part company with Mark Hughes, may have big ramifications for the quest to bring Steven Davis back to Ibrox. A new manager coming in at this stage may scupper a Rangers move for Davis in January.

Despite his obvious quality, the Northern Irishman had fallen out of favour under Hughes. Having been a near ever-present for Southampton in recent years, he has rarely made a match day squad this season.

Davis made a rare Southampton appearance in the Carabao Cup late last month. (photo by Graham Wilson/Action Plus via Getty Images)

His only Premier League appearance to date was a two-minute cameo in last Saturday’s draw against Manchester United. The fixture proved to be Hughes’ last in charge.

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Davis needs game time

Rumours have been circulating that a January move to Rangers would be perfect for both parties. Davis, 33 years old and captain of his country, needs first team football and a big stage on which to perform.

For the Gers, it’d be another no risk signing similar to Allan McGregor. They would be bringing in someone who knows what it takes to be successful at Ibrox, having won eight trophies in four seasons during his first spell.

Davis enjoyed a trophy-laden first spell at Rangers (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Equally comfortable receiving the ball from his defenders as he is linking up with attackers, Davis’ signature would be a major coup.

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But any move is in doubt right now. Attempts to bring in Davis, will be dependent on how the new manager appraises his current squad.

Ralph Hasenhuttl looks set to be given the job, and he may decide that Davis features in his plans. Rangers fans will hope he is still considered surplus to requirements at St Mary’s.

The former RB Leipzig coach looks set to take over at Southampton. (Photo by Thomas Starke/Bongarts/Getty Images)

That way, he might make his way up to Glasgow come January.

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