Rangers put in a masterful performance at Parkhead on Sunday afternoon. 

The Gers were, to a man, much better than their hosts and bitter rivals, and that release of emotion from the players and coaching staff alike at the final whistle was a perfect illustration of just what it means to beat Celtic on their own turf.

There were several men in blue who caught the eye, from goal scorers Ryan Kent and Nikola Katic to the superb Borna Barisic, but it was another, less obvious contributor who impressed ex-Ibrox defender Alan Hutton.

Speaking to Football Insider after the match, he said: “I think it’s a masterstroke again from Steven Gerrard, getting his tactics right, his team selection right and to bring him back in.

“He really drove the team on, went under the radar, did all the things that he had to do, right place, right time, got things going.

“He was really a standout performer.”

Nobody would blame the veteran midfielder for slowing down at this stage in his career, and given the fact that he had just returned from an injury, nobody would have blamed him for being rusty either.

But instead, Davis came flying back out of the blocks.

This was a combative and cultured display in the middle of the park, and a timely reminder of just how important his experience and quality can be in the second half of this title challenge.

It was Scott Arfield who dropped out of the side, despite having impressed in the Northern Irishman’s absence, but if there were any doubts over whether to not Gerrard made the right choice about bringing Davis back into the fold, they were very, very quickly put to bed.

In other news, ‘Goodbye sweet prince’ – These Rangers fans bereft at Monday transfer update.


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