According to The Sun, Rangers manager Steven Gerrard is hopeful that Steven Davis will commit his future to the club.
What’s the word?
The 36-year-old midfielder returned to Gerrard’s starting line-up in time to face Kilmarnock and was named man of the match in the 1-0 Premiership win at Ibrox.
Is Steven Davis irreplaceable?
Gerrard said: “He is vital to the team, a real big player for us. His consistency levels have been outstanding.
“I hope when I sit down and have the one to one with him that he is still as enthusiastic to carry on beyond the end of the season.
“I still think he has LOADS to offer. We are lucky to have him and he was outstanding again today.
“He is really pushing himself in the running for player of the year for me, without a shadow of a doubt.”
Davis is among the eight players whose contracts are set to expire at the end of this season.
The Sun claim that Gerrard is optimistic that he will agree to sign a new contract and extend his stay at Ibrox this summer.
Get it done
With injuries to Ryan Jack and Scott Arfield, Davis has barely been able to catch a break, given Bongani Zungu’s struggles in recent weeks.
The Northern Irishman re-joined the Gers after signing a one-year deal in 2019 following an initial loan spell from Premier League side Southampton.
An aggregate score of 6.99 via WhoScored sees him ranked 11th out of the entire Rangers squad ahead of the likes of Arfield and Zungu. Davis has already been tipped by Gerrard to win the Player of the Year award for his performances so far this season, so Ross Wilson will surely be keen on extending his contract.
Despite his age, the £20k-a-week earning ace is evidently still one of the most influential members of Gerrard’s squad, which explains why Rangers are so reluctant to let him leave when his current deal runs out in the summer.
The Ibrox hierarchy should be doing all that they possibly can to keep hold of him for the foreseeable future.
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