Frank McAvennie doesn’t think Steven Davis will be a Rangers player come next season.
The veteran midfielder rejoined Rangers permanently ahead of the 2019/20 season following a spell on loan from Southampton.
Overall, he has made 324 appearances for the club, scoring 25 goals and providing 69 assists (via Transfermarkt). He was named the Scottish Football Writers’ Association Player of the Year for 2020/21 after edging team-mates Allan McGregor, Connor Goldson and James Tavernier for the honouyr.
This season, the 36-year-old has started six of Rangers’ eight Premiership matches as well as both of their Europa League fixtures.
McAvennie says that, while Davis has been almost ever-present for the Scottish champions so far this term, he will need a rest eventually.
He pointed to the signings of Juninho Bacuna, John Lundstram and Nnamdi Ofoborh to back up his claim that the Gers are preparing for life without the Northern Irishman.
“Davis has been playing almost every game for them,” the former Scotland striker told Football Insider.
“He’s 36 now. No disrespect to him but surely he needs a rest? Fair play if he doesn’t but I get tired just watching him.
“There are plenty of options in that midfield as well. They signed two in the summer and they aren’t regular starters.
“I know he signed a contract last year, I suspect he won’t be at Ibrox next season.
“As a player anyway. Maybe that’s why they signed a few. They knew Davis will be leaving soon and wanted cover in earlier.”
As McAvennie predicts, Davis will probably depart the club this summer or next despite still being a regular, although we shouldn’t rule out him staying on in a coaching capacity.
Could we see something of a changing at the guard at Ibrox over 2022? Look at those players who were nominated for the aforementioned SFWA award – this could theoretically be McGregor’s last season as a player, Tavernier’s place is under threat from Nathan Patterson and Goldson’s future is uncertain.
In other news, some Rangers fans were left raging by this Steven Gerrard claim.
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