Northern Ireland great Jimmy Nicholl believes that Rangers title winning hero and 'Rolls-Royce' Steven Davis can continue playing until he is 40 years of age.
Davis has been an inspirational figure for the Glasgow giants in their first Scottish Premiership success for a decade and, although the midfielder will turn 37 in the middle of next season, manager Steven Gerrard is determined to keep the Northern Ireland skipper at the club and offer him a new deal.
Nicholl, who won the championship in the 1980s with Rangers, is certain that Davis can continue to be hugely influential in his second spell at Ibrox, where he has now claimed four league titles.
With fans concerned about a possible international retirement after Northern Ireland failed to qualify for the Euro finals, the former Southampton star revealed in the Belfast Telegraph last year that he would play for his country in the upcoming World Cup qualifiers and his sparkling performances for Rangers this term have led to him being a Player of the Season contender in Scotland.
"Steven is a Rolls Royce. I've been talking to people about him all year and the experience and quality he has brought to the Rangers team," said Northern Ireland assistant boss Nicholl.
"There are so many things he does on a football pitch.
"You see it in games, he can read danger, get team-mates out of trouble by receiving the ball, make simple passes and make things happen.
"What an influence he has on the team, a quiet influence. There are combative midfielders like Graeme Souness or Roy Keane who are in your face and demand things from their team-mates, but Steven Davis is not like that and yet he gets the same out of his team-mates the way they did. That's the respect the man has within the team.
"There is no point in being experienced and having a football brain if you can't run, and one of the most impressive factors for me about Steven is that he is so fit and how he gets around the park at 36 years of age.
"He will play until he's 40, easy, and I'm hoping he plays until he is 40 because I'm hoping he has another couple of campaigns in him for Northern Ireland!"