Former Rangers striker Andy Little has commended Light Blues midfielder Steven Davis over the consistency of his performances for the club this season.
The 35-year-old has been a regular presence in Steven Gerrard’s side, with 27 appearances already in the current campaign, and Little believes that the Northern Ireland veteran is one of the most important members of the squad, alluding to his link-up with Ryan Jack in midfield.
He told The Scottish Sun: “In midfield Steven Davis brings experience and a calmness in there. Ryan Jack now, compared to 18 months ago, is a totally different animal.
“Davo is like a fine wine, he is getting better with age. He was days short of turning 35 at Celtic Park and was superb. He is a really consistent performer and rarely has a game where he is below seven out of ten.
“He plays nearly every week and he is really important to Rangers right now. He and Ryan compliment each other really well. When they are both in the team they work so well together.”
Little has understandably pulled out Davis’ performance in the recent derby win over Celtic as an example of his importance to this Rangers team.
In his first start for the side after missing most of December with a foot injury, the veteran midfielder made two vital goal-line clearances from Christopher Jullien, with Jordan Carlisle of Rangers News noting how he “helped Rangers control portions of the game”.
It is also noteworthy that, during Davis’ injury-enforced absence, Gerrard’s side lost the Betfred Cup final to their Glasgow rivals, while his value to the team is signified by his 15 Premiership appearances so far this season, as well as being ever-present in the Europa League group stage prior to his foot injury (as per TransferMarkt).
Indeed, the 35-year-old was one of the Light Blues’ standout performers as they made it to the knockout rounds in Europe for the first time in nine years.
He won more tackles per game (2.6) than anyone else in the Rangers squad in the group stage, as well as recording the highest number of passes per game (55.4) and the fifth-highest passing success rate with 83.8%. [via WhoScored]
Little is also right to compliment Jack’s impact in the Light Blues’ midfield. He won two tackles per game in the Europa League group stage, the third highest in Gerrard’s squad, and had the second highest passes per game average with 53.5 as well as a passing success rate of 85.4%, the fourth-best in the squad. [via WhoScored]
Both Davis and Jack have contributed their fair share to Rangers’ season so far and, with the former showcasing his value to the team with a strong comeback performance against Celtic, Little’s high praise of the veteran midfielder is quite justified.
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