'Totally different animal' - Andy Little blown away by key Rangers duo in Parkhead win
Rangers’ win at Parkhead prior to the winter break could well end up going down in history as one of the club’s most important victories ever over Celtic.
The Gers went into the midseason interval just two points behind their bitter rivals, and with a vital game in hand over the Hoops.
And that was largely thanks to a dominant display in the centre of the park from veteran campaigner Steven Davis and his younger foil Ryan Jack.
In fact, the pair were so impressive that they have drawn praise from ex-Ibrox ace Andy Little.
Speaking to the Scottish Sun, he said: “In midfield Steven Davis brings experience and a calmness in there. Ryan Jack now, compared to 18 months ago, is a totally different animal.
“Davo is like a fine wine, he is getting better with age. He was days short of turning 35 at Celtic Park and was superb.
“He is a really consistent performer and rarely has a game where he is below seven out of ten.
“He plays nearly every week and he is really important to Rangers right now. He and Ryan compliment each other really well.
“When they are both in the team they work so well together.”
It’s hard to argue with Little here, especially when it comes to Davis.
When the Northern Irish international came back to Ibrox this time last year, you could perhaps argue, as Barry Ferguson has for the Daily Record, that his presence was more of a disruptive influence than a help as his manager tried to shoehorn him into the side straight away.
Now he and his teammates are settled, however, he looks every inch the old head needed to help guide this side to the very top.
His reading of the game is second to none, and his quality on the ball is remarkable, but more than anything, for a man of his age, he shows no signs of slowing down.
His signing was inspired piece of business, and one that could prove decisive in a title race that will be decided by the finest of margins.