'A genuine class act': Rangers fans praise Steven Davis after another impressive display in victory over Motherwell
There's a feeling around Ibrox that the real Steven Davis has finally stood up.
Rangers supporters were delighted when the Northern Ireland captain returned to Glasgow on a short-term loan deal at the start of January.
However, his second stint at the club began in indifferent form, struggling to settle back into life at the Scottish Premiership as he made only seven starts in the first 15 games since his arrival during the winter break.
Perhaps that was to be expected, given that he had played just 96 minutes of Premier League action for Southampton in the first half of the season.
Two typically impressive performances for Northern Ireland last month, however, look to have done much to improve his fortunes as Davis has been hailed for his displays in the 3-0 victories over Hearts and Motherwell during the past week.
After he was named Man of the match against Hearts, Davis was praised by manager Steven Gerrard.
"Steven Davis looks 100 per cent fit now, and match sharp," the former Liverpool captain said. "He is getting up to people and looks sharp and on the eye, it looks completely different. Covering all round the pitch, winning the ball back, intercepting balls, looking aggressive.
"He looked a different player. He looked good against Kilmarnock before the international break, I followed his games with Northern Ireland and he played really well, and it went up a notch tonight. It was very pleasing."
And the feeling that Davis is back to his sublime best was being echoed on social media following Sunday's success at Motherwell:
Good to see Steven Davis back playing like that , Superb from the wee man 👌🏻🇬🇧💙— Craig Sharp (@Sharpy1872) April 7, 2019
Steven Davis the last 2 games 🔥 looking like the Davis of old— Fraser (@frazrussell9) April 7, 2019
Steven Davis showing his best again. Such a shame we weren’t able to get him going a few months ago. A genuine class act.— Empire (@EmpireFF) April 7, 2019
Steven Davis was brilliant the day , love um 💙— Ryan Woods (@WoodsRyan3112) April 7, 2019
Davis has been terrific again today, think we’re seeing what a fully fit Steven Davis can give us. Pleased for him!— Kirsten (@kirsten93_) April 7, 2019
This is the Steven Davis we were looking for— Nadden (@NathanielHadden) April 7, 2019
That’s the kind of Steven Davis we wanted when he first came in.— Kevin Wakeham (@KWRFC1995) April 7, 2019
We never had any doubt he still had the skills. It was just about his match fitness.
Steven Davis showing his quality recently. Quietly controlling the game, effortless for him, what a player 💙— Emma McNee (@EmmaMcNee_92) April 7, 2019
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