Steven Davis misses out again in massive Southampton win
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Steven Davis misses out again in massive Southampton win

Ahead of the weekend, we reported on how Sunday’s fixture between Southampton and Arsenal may give the greatest indication yet, of Steven Davis’ availability in January. 

The club captain had found himself left out of the match day squad the previous week. However, new manager, Ralph Hasenhuttl, now had the benefit of two weeks in the job with which to appraise his players.

The Saints manager, just two weeks into the job, clearly enjoyed the win over Arsenal. (Photo by James Bridle – Southampton FC/Southampton FC via Getty Images)

Davis’ inclusion in the Austrian’s strongest XI would likely spell trouble for Rangers’ rumoured approach. Conversely, if  once more excluded entirely, the door appeared wide open for a swoop.

However, neither of those things happened. Instead, the 33-year-old found himself on the bench.

Davis remains in limbo

Clearly, his efforts in training grabbed Hasenhuttl’s attention. Yet, it wasn’t enough to be reinstated to the starting line-up.

Hard yards in training brought a return to the squad, but not the team. (Photo by Matt Watson/Southampton FC via Getty Images)

It proved to be a stunning performance from the Saints, defeating a red-hot Arsenal side 3-2.

Davis, however, remained on the bench throughout.

After such a big win, it’s unlikely that there will be much rotation for Huddersfield away on Saturday.

Therefore, the Northern Ireland captain is likely to reach Christmas with just a solitary Premier League start to his name this season.

Davis will want regular club football in preparation for Northern Ireland’s Euro 2020 Qualifiers. (Photo by Andrew Surma/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

It seems he is neither excluded from, nor a key part of his new manager’s plans. He will graft in training to try to change that, but he can’t let his club career stall indefinitely.

As a result, Rangers should be gearing up to table an early January bid.

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