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Class act Davis' experience will be crucial if Gers are to get back to winning trophies

Get in: Steven Davis celebrates with scorer Connor Goldson against Saints
Get in: Steven Davis celebrates with scorer Connor Goldson against Saints
Stephen Craigan

By Stephen Craigan

After Rangers' comprehensive 4-0 victory over St Johnstone last Sunday, manager Steven Gerrard hailed the performance of Northern Ireland captain Steven Davis.

Gerrard said that he was man of the match and the best player on the pitch by some distance.

High praise indeed, but having played many times with and against Steven I have to admit I wasn't surprised at all by Gerrard's judgment. I just saw it as a typical top-class Davis performance and I'm sure Northern Ireland fans would agree.

Steven's level of consistency in the green and white jersey has long been admired by international boss Michael O'Neill, Northern Ireland players, fans and press alike but this season in the blue of Rangers his performances have also been of the highest calibre.

At the ripe old age of 34 he shows no signs of slowing down which is great news for club and country, and his influence on the current Rangers team is vital as they look to get back on the trophy trail.

The Rangers squad assembled by Gerrard is full of ambitious young footballers but Davis' experience of winning trophies and delivering on the big occasion is an essential ingredient if success is to be attained at Ibrox.

That quest for silverware heightened after Wednesday night's 1-0 win over Livingston set them up for a League Cup semi-final against Hearts at Hampden Park in November.

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