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Why Steven Davis 'surprised' boss Steven Gerrard as midfielder prepares for 300th Rangers appearance



Steven Davis

Steven Davis

Steven Davis

Steven Gerrard has led the chorus of praise for Northern Ireland captain Steven Davis as he prepares to make his 300th appearance for the Scottish Premiership leaders.

The former Aston Villa, Fulham and Southampton player is just one cap short of the all-time British international appearance record of 125 - held by former England keeper Peter Shilton - and is set to break that mark after committing to Northern Ireland's upcoming World Cup qualifying campaign which begins against Italy in March.

And he will clock up the triple hundred for the Gers in tomorrow's Scottish Premiership game at Motherwell.

Ibrox boss Gerrard saluted the 36-year-old Cullybackey man, saying: "When you work with somebody on a daily basis, you see how they go about their routine.

"You see their focus and how low maintenance they are, the sacrifices they make to be the best version of themselves.

"Steven is really at the forefront of that, so in many ways he has surprised me, but not as a footballer or the level I know he can play at because I knew that first-hand from competing against him."

Gerrard added that the 124-time-capped Davis was someone he watched "very, very closely for many, many years before I got the opportunity to work very closely with him".

"From a footballing point of view, I knew he was a top professional, a competitor and a wonderful footballer," he said.

Former Northern Ireland and Rangers ace Dean Shiels said: "His actions on and off the pitch will make him a role model for the other players in the dressing room.

"He will be one that sets the standards every day in training and I am sure he is a manager's dream."

Belfast Telegraph