Gary McAllister has been impressed with Steven Davis this season and believes the Rangers midfielder is on top of his game at the moment.
The assistant manager has revealed he thinks the 34-year-old Northern Ireland international has been playing his best football and lauded his ability in the middle of the park.
“It is the control that he gives us,” McAllister told the Glasgow Evening Times. “There are moments when you are sitting at the side during games and the team needs to get control, get some touches again and get some momentum. Steven is generally there.
“He is a very brave player. He receives the ball under pressure. He is streetwise. I don’t know if I have seen him play better. You guys might have seen more of him when he played up here the first time. I didn’t see a great deal of him then.
“But some of the football he is playing just now is really good. He is not just such a constructive player, he is also snapping into tackles in front of the back four. He is winning a lot of ball and intercepting things. He looks really sharp.
“He also makes those runs from deep on occasion and that can surprise the opposition. Against Hibs, he won the ball, drove through their defence and stood the ball up for Jermain to score at the back post. He is just on top of his game at the moment.”
Davis appears to have gone from strength-to-strength in his second spell with Rangers this season, having joined on an initial loan deal from Southampton in January. The Gers managed to tie down their former midfielder to a one-year contract in the summer (BBC) and it appears to be paying dividends for the club so far.
The 34-year-old has been a mainstay in Steven Gerrard’s side so far this season, having made five appearances across all competitions so far and has registered one assist in the Scottish Premiership (Transfermarkt) having made 18 appearances in the final five months of the previous campaign.
The manager had special praise for the veteran last season as he lauded his physical condition after a match against Heart of Midlothian back in April. Speaking to RangersTV after the game, he said: “Outstanding… what impressed me most tonight about Steven Davis is his physical condition. I thought he was everywhere. He looked fit, he looked sharp, it was a clean game. We always know he’s excellent in possession, and he’s got that game intelligence, but I was more impressed with his condition. He looked like a fit Steven Davis tonight and that’s very nice to see.”
Rangers News noted just how vital Davis has become to the Rangers set up in recent weeks as well, as they stated that “his experience shines through in his performances, where he rarely wastes a pass and often dictates the tempo of the match”.
It had not always been rosy for the midfielder though following his return to Ibrox, as he irked criticism from some of the club’s supporters early on into his second spell – something McAllister admitted he could not understand (The Scotsman).
Davis clearly looks to have found his feet at Ibrox once again and the decision to bring him back to the club certainly looks to be a shrewd piece of business by Gerrard and Rangers.
Although the Northern Ireland international appears to be bossing things on the pitch and doing an extremely important job for the Light Blues, perhaps, his experience is of more value as he could, potentially, pass on that knowledge he has picked up along the way and hand it down to some of the club’s young stars coming through.
However, that could be a little later down the line and Rangers will be hoping the 34-year-old still has a little while left in which he can contribute top-quality performances for them.
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