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Steven Gerrard has what it takes to become a top, top manager, says Steven Davis


Steven Gerrard was appointed Rangers manager two years ago this month

Steven Gerrard was appointed Rangers manager two years ago this month


Steven Gerrard was appointed Rangers manager two years ago this month

Northern Ireland skipper Steven Davis is convinced that Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has the qualities to become "a top, top manager" and "achieve big things" in the dug-out.

Throughout his impressive club career in England and Scotland and at international level, midfielder Davis has played under a host of big-name bosses, including Martin O'Neill, Walter Smith, Ally McCoist, Mauricio Pochettino, Ronald Koeman and Michael O'Neill.

The 35-year-old is well aware of the attributes a successful manager needs and, since moving from Southampton to Rangers at the start of last year for a second spell at Ibrox, he has been impressed by Gerrard's work ethic and attention to detail.

Rangers' title challenge may have faded in the months before Covid-19 brought football to a halt, but Davis has seen enough of Gerrard to suggest there is much more to come from the Liverpool legend, who won numerous trophies as a player at Anfield.

"I have been impressed with the manager. You can see why he has achieved so much in the game because he has a great work ethic," said Davis.

"He goes into a lot of detail and, in the time I have been there, I can see how he has grown. I have no doubt he can go on to be a top, top manager and achieve big things like he did in his playing career."

While confusion, claim and counter-claim has been the order of the day in Scottish football lately, Davis has used the last month in lockdown wisely, enjoying time with his wife Tracey and children Chloe (11), Kaia (8) and Cobi (2) at their home on the south coast of England. He is keeping fit thanks to his converted garage.

"The season in Scotland is relentless, so it has been nice to have that family time," said Davis, whose last game was a Europa League tie against Bayer Leverkusen in March.

"This situation strips life back, makes you appreciate the smaller things and gives you time you wouldn't normally have to spend time with the kids. I am enjoying that.

"When lockdown began, Rangers sent out fitness programmes relating to what they wanted us to do. As time has gone on, no one has known when football would return.

"I am fortunate that I had converted my garage into a gym and, whenever I heard we were going into lockdown, I ordered myself a treadmill and a bike.

"I had weights in there already. I go out for a run first thing in the morning and do gym work in the afternoon.

"We (the Rangers players) have been on Zoom a few times for chats with the management.

"We also have a group WhatsApp chat, which all the players are on, and Tavs (James Tavernier), the captain, will get stuff through from the medical team, fitness team or the gaffer for everyone to see."

For now, what is most important is staying safe with his family and appreciating the efforts of NHS staff in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic.

"What the NHS workers are doing is unbelievable. I think a lot of people have taken them for granted over the years, but they have shown who the true heroes are," said Davis.

"The majority of us either know people directly or know friends who have family involved in the NHS in some capacity and what the staff and care workers are doing is incredible.

"They are putting themselves on the front line and risking their own lives and I cannot speak highly enough about them."

Belfast Telegraph