Rangers supporters in the Transfer Tavern are relishing the new era at the Scottish giants following the appointment of Steven Gerrard as the club’s new manager last month.
The 38-year-old was confirmed as Graeme Murty’s successor back in May to take charge officially from June 1, yet the Liverpool legend was busy prior to his start date seeking to mould a squad capable of challenging Old Firm rivals Celtic this term. The likes of Allan McGregor, Connor Goldson, Nikola Katic, and Ovie Ejaria have all made the move to Ibrox, as Gerrard seeks to rebuild and revamp a Gers squad that finished 12 points adrift of Brendan Rodgers’ side last season.
Thus, there are many excited and expectant Light Blues supporters in the Tavern at present, several of whom are likely to be intrigued by the recent news that Stuart Armstrong has left Celtic for Southampton.
And this fresh Saints deal should prompt Gerrard to bring former Rangers ace Steven Davis back to Ibrox this summer, as he looks set to suffer from Armstrong’s arrival at the South Coast outfit.
Ultimately, the 33-year-old has been a fantastic servant for Southampton since his move there back in 2012, with the Northern Ireland international appearing 220 times for the Saints in the last six years, in which time he has scored 14 goals and laid on 25 assists.
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However, Davis struggled for regular minutes last season in starting just 17 times in the Premier League for the South Coast outfit, and while injury was to blame for his difficulties in the second half of the campaign, several bench roles suggest that he is slipping down the pecking order.
And Armstrong’s arrival is only likely to push Davis even further away from the first team picture, and with just one year remaining on his current deal at St Mary’s, he could be on the lookout for a move this summer.
And that is why Rangers must seek to re-sign the £3.6 million-rated star (as per Transfermarkt), as Davis spent four fine years at Ibrox between 2008 and 2012 to suggest that he would add a great deal of quality and experience to Gerrard’s squad.
The Northern Irishman won three Scottish Premier League titles and two Scottish Cup crowns during his stint north of the border, and having also been at the club in their first campaign of financial troubles, he knows first-hand exactly how much it will mean to the club’s supporters to get back to the summit.
So not only does Davis know what it takes to succeed at the Scottish giants, but he also boasts vast amounts of experience with over 300 games at Premier League level and 150 matches in the Scottish top-flight, while he has been capped 101 times by Northern Ireland down the years – he has seen quite a lot in the game.
Thus, with Armstrong’s arrival at Southampton likely to push Davis down Mark Hughes’ pecking order, Gerrard must seek to bring the 33-year-old back to Rangers in a bid to continue his rebuild of the Scottish heavyweights.
Rangers fans… what do you think? Let us know!