Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 2 October 2014

Fans’ hero Davis eyes a title treat for Rangers

Steven Davis

Steven Davis has described personal accolades as “a great honour” but insisted winning the SPL title is what really matters.

The Northern Ireland midfielder has been a revelation at Rangers this season and scooped the Players’ and Supporters’ Player of Year awards at a gala dinner in Glasgow on Sunday night.

Despite playing on the right side of midfield for the majority of the campaign, Davis has excelled to put the Light Blues within touching distance of a world record 53rd title.

Should Celtic fail to win at Dundee United on Sunday or if Walter Smith’s troops see off Hibs at Easter Road, there will be an almighty party at Ibrox.

“It was a great honour to win the Supporters’ Player of the Year because every player wants to entertain their fans,” said the Cullybackey man.

“But for me, winning the Players’ award for the second year in a row was something extra special.

“They are the guys I train with every day, they know all my strengths and weaknesses and to be fair, we have had some outstanding performers this season so I really didn’t expect it.

“I’ve had a few tough times in my career when I wasn’t playing at Aston Villa and Fulham and that just makes this all the sweeter.

“Since coming to Rangers I’ve had a new lease of life and I still love every minute of it.

“I’ve been lucky enough to win a few medals so far since moving to Rangers and the big priority is to make sure we retain the title on Sunday.

“Obviously we want to win it by beating Hibs because it would be strange if we were sitting in a dressing room and won it elsewhere.”

While Davis celebrates his Rangers honours, he missed out to a team-mate on the Scottish Player of the Year award.

For the Gers last night scooped a double at the Clydesdale Bank Premier League awards as Walter Smith and David Weir bagged the main prizes.

Smith collected the manager of the season award while 39-year-old Weir was voted top player by a panel of football experts after playing every minute of each SPL match this season so far.

Dundee United striker David Goodwillie, 21, was voted young player of the season.

Hibernian striker Anthony Stokes claimed the goal of the season for his volley against Rangers at Ibrox on November 24.

Celtic goalkeeper Artur Boruc won save of the season for his stop from Hibernian midfielder David Wotherspoon's long-range strike at Easter Road on August 30.

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