Rangers legend Barry Ferguson said that Steven Davis was the “stand out” performer for the Gers during the second half of their 3-2 Europa League win over Standard Liege on Thursday.
Goals from Connor Goldson, James Tavernier and Scott Arfield helped Rangers come from behind twice at Ibrox and secure qualification for the knockout round.
Davis played the full 90 minutes in the centre of midfield and Ferguson believes that he brought “calmness” to the team in an adverse situation.
“I thought Steven Davis on his second half performance was the stand out, he brought a real calmness to the side,” he said (via Daily Record).
“People look for inch-perfect passes or shots on goal but Davo did the basics brilliantly and kept the game moving. His experience was vital in the second half.
“To qualify from that group with a game to spare is phenomenal. No wonder people are starting to wonder how far they can go now. I’m not going to sit and say they will win the competition. But I will say they should fear nobody.”
Despite him approaching his 36th birthday next month, Davis remains one of Rangers’ most important players.
Against Standard, he completed 59 accurate passes at an 89% rate, one dribble, three tackles and one interception (via WhoScored). He is the ideal foil for Glen Kamara and Scott Arfield and provides a crucial leadership role on the pitch.
Gerrard does have Ryan Jack and Joe Aribo as options that he has been comfortable using in the Europa League, but Davis’ conditioning is at such a high level it is hard to see his levels dropping off.
Speaking in a recent interview Gerrard said (via Daily Record): “Steven Davis he comes into work, his standards are the same every day. His diet, his body weight, his attitude, his energy. He manages himself, I have to give him very little, very little.”
How long he can continue playing at this level remains to be seen, but it is clear that his manager is happy to keep relying upon him.
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