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Steven Davis agrees deal to rejoin Rangers on a free transfer: report

Northern Ireland's Steven Davis is closing in on his Rangers return.
Northern Ireland's Steven Davis is closing in on his Rangers return.

Northern Ireland captain Steven Davis is poised to complete a transfer to Rangers in the coming days.

The Southampton midfielder has reportedly agreed an 18-month deal to move back to Ibrox.

Davis is taking a significant pay cut to return to Rangers but will still earn around £12,000-a-week to become one of the highest paid players at Ibrox.

The Ballymena man, who turned 34 on Tuesday, has started just a single Premier League game for struggling Southampton so far this season and will be allowed to leave the club on a free transfer.

Should the deal go through in the coming days, Davis will join his new team-mates at their winter training camp in Tenerife before returning for a potential debut against Cowdenbeath in the Scottish Cup on January 18.

Last month, Rangers defender Gareth McAuley said his compatriot is the ideal man to spearhead Rangers' push for honours.

"I don't know if it's on the cards, but he's certainly the player who has been here before, who has captained the club and knows what it's about," McAuley said.

"I did a piece the other week on my best XI and he was in there. He's a top player and a great guy.

"Could he provide the creativity we need? Possibly, possibly. As players we all need to do a bit more to create and opens teams up.

"The last time I spoke to Steven was at the last international game. He was keeping his cards close to his chest. He was more frustrated that he wasn't playing at Southampton. I've said before that I don't think he's really appreciated other than by the club he's at."

Davis played for Rangers between 2008 and 2012. He even captained the club, in the absence of David Weir, for part of his final season at Ibrox.

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