Rangers’ potential move for Steven Davis was given a huge boost on Saturday, as he was dropped by new Saints manager Ralph Hasenhuttl.
It looked like any move for the Northern Ireland international had hit a snag during the week, as caretaker boss Kelvin Davis handed his namesake his first Pemier League start of the season, at Tottenham.
However, it seems as if the 33-year-old is back to square one.
Club captain at Southampton, Davis has made nearly 200 premier league appearances at the club. However, he found himself frozen out by Mark Hughes at the beginning of this campaign.
Just last night, he was quoted as looking forward to a fresh start under Hasenhuttl.
‘Now is the time everybody starts from zero…Not playing has been very frustrating.’
‘But we all have the opportunity to show the manager what we are capable of and that we should be part of the team’, Davis told the Southern Daily Echo.
When will enough be enough at Southampton?
But, it appears that he is not part of former Leipzig boss, Hasenhuttl’s, plans, at least initially.
Davis’ quotes suggest he is keen to force his way back into the side. However, if yet another manager fails to give him playing time, it could be time to cut his losses.
The former Ger is still captain of his country, and needs to be match sharp ahead of the Euro 2020 qualifying campaign. Leading his side into battle against Germany and the Netherlands, he won’t be afforded any time to get up to speed.
Perhaps with few opportunities available at Southampton, the door has never been more open for a Rangers return.