Former Glasgow Rangers defender Jimmy Nicholl has urged the Ibrox outfit to keep Steven Davis beyond the end of this season.
Davis should stay
36-year-old’s Davis’ contract with the 54-time Scottish champions is set to come to an end following this campaign (Transfermarkt).
However, Nicholl believes he still has plenty to offer the Gers, especially as they could well be competing in the Champions League next season. He said:
“Steven is so fit, he hardly gets injured. I can’t see any reason why he can’t play for another three or four seasons, I really don’t.
“The most important thing about playing Champions League football is keeping the ball and that is one of Steven’s biggest strengths.
“He will go and receive the ball under pressure, whether a game is going well or not, and play a simple pass just to keep the team ticking over. Those kinds of players are just so crucial at Champions League level.
“It would be really difficult for Rangers to find another player with the same ability to operate in those type of games as Steven Davis. I’ve watched him do it for Northern Ireland against some of the best teams in the world. I’ve got no doubt he has plenty left in the tank to keep doing it with Rangers.”
Plenty still to give
While Davis may be rapidly approaching the end of his career, he still has plenty to offer. Already this campaign, he has appeared in 20 of the Gers’ 23 games in the Premiership, while he has played 27 times in all competitions – a beacon of consistency for Steven Gerrard.
Should Davis be offered a new contract?
As he prepared to break the Northern Ireland all-time appearance record in October, his former boss at Southampton Mauricio Pochettino said he had talent comparable to that of Xavi and Iniesta – high praise indeed. Davis is one of the few players in this Gers squad who, like those Spanish legends, has previous Champions League experience – there is no doubt that he would be able to help the side if they qualify for the competition next season.
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