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Good deal: Steven Davis celebrates his new one-year contract
Good deal: Steven Davis celebrates his new one-year contract

By Graham Luney

Steven Davis says he's looking forward to savouring better days with Rangers after agreeing a one-year deal with the Scottish Premiership giants.

The Northern Ireland captain won three league titles, two Scottish Cups, three League Cups and reached the Uefa Cup final during his first spell at Ibrox but it has taken him time to get his career back on track in Scotland.

"We are disappointed that we didn't manage to pick up any silverware to this point, but there is a lot to look forward to in the future," said Davis, who joined the Gers on loan from Southampton in January.

Davis added: “I have thoroughly enjoyed, especially in the last couple of weeks, the performances of the team as they have been really good and I think there has been a lot of progress made this season.”

Seven of Davis’ 16 appearances for Rangers this season have come from the bench.

“It was a case of myself and the club getting the initial period out of the way and seeing how everything went as my family are still down south,” he explained. “That has been different, but I am delighted to now get everything signed and sealed.”

Davis joined Southampton from Rangers in 2012 after spending five years at Ibrox following his exit from Fulham.

He became an integral part of the Premier League club’s midfield but had made only six appearances for the Saints this season before leaving in search of regular first-team football.

Ibrox chief Steven Gerrard said: “Rangers fans have started to see a fully fit Steven Davis over the past month. That is why we brought him back in January and want him as part of this squad.

“He looks sharp, is covering all round the pitch, winning the ball back, intercepting balls and looking aggressive.

“That is why we brought him back to the club and why we want him as part of this squad going forward.”

Davis has started Rangers’ last four games, with his composure in the middle of the park inspiring his side to four straight wins.

Gerrard has already secured the services of Kilmarnock’s Jordan Jones and Jake Hastie from Motherwell on pre-contracts for next season.

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