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'Leading by example': Steven Gerrard hails Steven Davis' continued influence in Rangers midfield

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Steven Davis is 36 but is still playing a key role for club and country.

Steven Davis is 36 but is still playing a key role for club and country.

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Steven Davis is 36 but is still playing a key role for club and country.

Steven Gerrard admits he is running out of superlatives for his rampant Rangers after name-checking a list of key men in his Easter Road roll of honour.

The Light Blues took another huge step towards the title as they overcame Hibernian 1-0 in Leith.

The east end of Edinburgh has been a tricky venue for Gerrard, with Wednesday’s result only his second win in five attempts.

There was an added hurdle to come this week with the Easter Road pitch in an awful state — yet it proved to be smooth sailing for the champions-elect.

And with the likes of Filip Helander, Ryan Jack, Glen Kamara and Northern Ireland skipper Steven Davis all putting in impressive displays to bolster match-winner Alfredo Morelos’ contribution, the Rangers manager could not stop the praise.

Gerrard — whose team are now just eight wins away from being crowned champions — said: “Wow, what a performance. I thought all three midfielders played like international players.

“Glen Kamara, on a pitch as bobbly as that, to put in a technical performance like that was outstanding.

“Steven Davis was playing with experience and leading by example.

“And Ryan Jack showed why I had the faith to start him after being out injured for a little while. That’s what I see on a daily basis, that’s why I’ve got so much trust in him.”

Rangers faced a daunting run of fixtures, including an Ibrox Old Firm date and trips to Aberdeen, Motherwell and Hibs. But they have come through that schedule having dropped just two points and now have their first title in a decade within sight.

Rangers have clinched a pre-contract deal for Bournemouth defender Jack Simpson — and Cherries boss Jason Tindall revealed Rangers are close to agreeing terms with Nnamdi Ofoborh too.

Belfast Telegraph


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